Netanyahu On Attack On The US: "It's very good." (New York Times)
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Spilled Blood Is Seen as Bond That Draws 2 Nations Closer
By JAMES BENNET
JERUSALEM, Sept. 11 Israeli officials and most Palestinian leaders
condemned the attack on the United States today. But Israelis also took
cold comfort in concluding that Americans would now share more of their
fears, while some Palestinians rejoiced at the same thought.
There were declarations of sympathy for the victims from both Israelis and
Palestinians, as well as anxious telephone calls to friends and relatives
in the United States. But politics is never far behind any human reaction
here. And each side in this conflict saw in today's attack confirmation of
its view of the bond of the United States and Israel that the two nations
fought, and now suffered, together.
Most West Bank towns were quiet today. But in Nablus, big crowds of
Palestinians marched in celebration, chanting "Beloved bin Laden, strike
Tel Aviv!" Some waved the flag of the terrorist organization Hamas. "Let
the Americans know the meaning of death," one marcher said.
Some Palestinians expressed the hope that the assault would prompt the
United States to change its policies toward the Mideast conflict though
pictures of Palestinians rejoicing were not likely to create sympathy for
Yasir Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Authority, looked shaken as he
appeared before reporters in Gaza to deplore "this terrible act."
"We are completely shocked," Mr. Arafat said. "Completely shocked."
The Palestinian Authority tried to prevent pictures from being taken of
the marchers celebrating in Nablus, evidently very wary of the potential
effect on world opinion.
Israeli leaders, who have chafed at occasional American criticism of their
measures against Palestinians, said the day's attacks would awaken the
United States to the threat of global terrorism.
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." He predicted that the attack would
"strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we've experienced
terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a
massive hemorrhaging of terror."
In an appearance late tonight, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon repeatedly
placed Israel on the same ground as the United States, calling the assault
an attack on "our common values" and declaring, "I believe together we can
defeat these forces of evil." He declared Wednesday a day of mourning.
Uzi Landau, Israel's minister for public security, said that the
government had never imagined an assault of this size, let alone had its
intelligence network gleaned any warning of its approach. He sounded
astounded. "We had a number of different scenarios for large terrorist
attack," he said in a telephone interview tonight. "But this particular
concerted offensive against the United States, targeting the World Trade
buildings, at the same time hitting Washington this we didn't consider."
Mr. Sharon met for hours, late into the night, with his top ministers.
Israel increased its already high state of alert, closed its international
borders, and shut its airspace to all flights except Israeli planes with
armed guards aboard.
Asked if he thought Israel's conflict with the Palestinians was connected
to the attack, Mr. Landau said he did not know. He accused Mr. Arafat of
having laid "the foundation for modern terrorism, for blowing planes up in
the air, for doing atrocities without blinking."
In the streets of East Jerusalem, some drivers honked their horns in
triumph, and Suleiman Qassem, 20, a plumber, passed out sweets to passerby
when he heard the news. "The Americans give the Israelis Apache
helicopters to bomb our houses," he said. "They give them diplomatic
support and intelligence help on how to kill us."
But Shadi Jaber, 25, said he was more ambivalent. "I really don't know if
I'm happy or not," he said. "I don't know if it helps us or not. We don't
hate the American people, we just want to solve the problem." He said that
he had applied to the United States for a visa, but now feared he would
not get it. "Now they'll say, `You're an Arab, you're a terrorist,' " he
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