The 9/11 attacks had barely happened and the smouldering wreckage in New York and Washington was still shocking America and the world.
Israel already saw an opportunity. Then former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked to express his feelings about the terrorist action in the immediate aftermath.
"It's very good," he said. He quickly added: ''Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy."
He argued 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 haemorrhaging of terror."
In 2008 the Likud leader hadn't changed his views. He told an audience at Bar Ilan University that 9/11 remained a positive for Israel.
"We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Netanyahu said. The events had "swung American public opinion in our favour".
Israel's ambassador to America, Michael Oren, continued this deluded thinking last week.
The logic was clear; as long as Washington could be convinced (or hoodwinked) that Israel was fighting the same battle, Zionist expansion in the occupied, Palestinian territories and constant intransigence in the region would be rewarded by American largesse.
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