Former Israeli PM and right wing Zionist lauds attacks while Iranian leader’s comments serve as straw man

Steve Watson / | April 16, 2008

Former Israeli Prime Minister and current leader of the opposition Benjamin Netanyahu has stated during a speech that the 9/11 attacks were a good thing for Israel.

Israel’s Ma’ariv newspaper reported that Netanyahu, leader of the Likud party, told an assembly at Bar Ilan university:

"We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq."

Thousands of dead Americans and millions more slaughtered Iraqis, along with a war torn and divided country is beneficial to Israel, according to Mr Netanyahu.

The newspaper also reported he later added that the events "swung American public opinion in our favor."

In a display of utter disrespect, the staunch Zionist is reported to have made the comments at the conference on the division of Jerusalem as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu’s comments echo a previous statement he made on the very day of 9/11, as reported in the New York Times, September 12th:


Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied: “It’s very good.”

Then he edited himself: “Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.”

Netanyahu has strong ties with leading American Neoconservatives such as PNAC signatory Richard Perle, former Pentagon official Douglas Feith and David Wurmser, former Middle East Adviser to US Vice President Dick Cheney.

In 2002 these men, as representatives of right wing think tank The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, authored a paper entitled A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, for the purpose of advising Netanyahu on how to "engage every possible energy on rebuilding Zionism."

The document urged Israel to aggressively seek the downfall of their Arab neighbors by exploiting the inherent tensions within and among the Arab States. The first step was the removal of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

The paper suggested that “Israel will not only contain its foes; it will transcend them,” postulating that a war with Iraq would destabilize the entire Middle East, allowing governments in Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and other countries to be replaced.

In other developments today, the Iranian leader President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has once again questioned the official version of events surrounding 9/11.

"Four or five years ago, a suspicious event occurred in New York. A building collapsed and they said that 3,000 people had been killed but never published their names," Ahmadinejad is reported to have said.

In a speech broadcast live on state television, Ahmadinejad called the attack a pretext that was used to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.

Though it remains to be seen whether Ahmadinejad’s comments have once again been mistranslated or taken out of context, it is expected that they will be seized upon by those seeking to demonize the 9/11 truth movement, which has recently gained increased publicity via endorsements from notable public figures such as former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and legendary American singer Willie Nelson.

Unlike Ahmadinejad, activists within the 9/11 truth movement have never questioned the death toll resulting from the attacks, which is a patently ludicrous thing to do, and have worked closely with first responders groups, such as the Feal Good Foundation, and victims families groups, such as the Coalition of 9/11 Families, in order to push for a new investigation.

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