Jew Journalist Asks Former Mossad Chief if He Masterminded 9/11


Interviewer: That reputation could also backfire can’t it? After 9/11, for instance, there were conspiracies all over, certainly within the Arab world but even beyond that, that Mossad was the only one who had the power and the strength and the organizational skills to pull off something that spectacular — somehow Israel was behind that for political gain. Do you feel that’s the dark side of the reputation of Mossad?

Efraim Halevy: Well, like everything in life, there’s a downside to the mystique as well. On 9/11, I was head of the Mossad. And within hours of the event becoming public there were rumors flying around the Middle East that this was a Mossad operation because, after all, one of the immediate result of the 9/11 was clearly a very very severe backlash of international approbation of Islam in general. Islam had a very bad day. The Saudis had a very bad day. Muslim countries had a very bad day, including moderate countries. So who benefits from it? And as you know in a crime the immediate question is asked: "Who benefits? Who benefits from something?" Obviously Israel benefited, the Jewish people benefited. So it was the Mossad. This of course was a very vicious libel, it was a clear lie. . . . But yes, in situations like this obviously it is easy to pin things on the Mossad.