Was Israel warned in advance?
6th July 2005

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Was Israel warned in advance?

A screenshot of the earliest known internet report of Israel having had prior warning of the 7/7 attacks. This report has been distributed and copied on many conspiracy sites ever since as proof of Israeli foreknowledge or British security forces' complicity in the attacks.

In an echo of the reports that swirled around the USA following the 9/11 attacks, it is alleged that Israeli forces - specifically MOSSAD - knew about the attack. Then Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netenyahu (later Prime Minister) was in London on the day of the attacks, and is said to have received warning of the attacks from Scotland Yard some fifteen minutes before the first explosion.

The earliest source I can find for this claim is a story carried on Israelnn.com - which continues to be quoted verbatim around the internet to this day. It is worth quoting in full:

"Army Radio quoting unconfirmed reliable sources reported a short time ago that Scotland Yard had intelligence warnings of the attacks a short time before they occurred. 

The Israeli Embassy in London was notified in advance, resulting in Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remaining in his hotel room rather than make his way to the hotel adjacent to the site of the first explosion, a Liverpool Street train station, where he was to address an economic summit.

At present, train and bus service in London have been suspended following the series of attacks. No terrorist organization has claimed responsibility at this time.

Israeli officials stress the advanced Scotland Yard warning does not in any way indicate Israel was the target in the series of apparent terror attacks."

It is worth noting that this story, which is - as I have said - widely quoted, itself refers to another source: Israel's Army Radio. I have been unable to obtain any archives of this broadcast, but it is worth treating this report with a degree of scepticism.

Firstly, the original story is timestamped at 13:30 Israel time. As Israel is 3 hours ahead of the UK, that means it was published at 10:30 UK time, by which point the attacks were over and facts were rapidly becoming known anyway. Given the confusion around the timeline (which still persists, despite the official coroner's report) it is eminently plausible to suggest that the report could be mistaken in its chronology: Netenyahu would undoubtedly have known very soon after the first bombs were detonated. It would have been sensible for him to remain in his hotel rather than address the summit on many grounds. As such, he would have had a 'warning' before the final explosion took place at Tavistock Square. It is easily imaginable how that chain of events can be misread - and it is notable that the account in the report does not specifically state a time that Netenyahu received the alleged warning.

Secondly, even the report acknowledges that the source of the radio broadcast they cite came from an 'unconfirmed' source which - even if they were reliable - remain unnamed and thus can hardly be considered to be evidencenot be studied or questioned.

At best then this is a third hand report from an unnamed source. It could well be that rumours abounded on that day which would further be muddled by the difference in timezones and the considerable confusion that existed as events unfolded. This is not to deny the possibility that the story is accurate, but more definitive proof - such as a recording of the original broadcast - would be needed.

I suggest that a more realistic reading of events is:
  1. The first explosions on the underground occur
  2. As the scale of the situation becomes clear, Scotland Yard issues warnings to all foreign diplomats in the capital to remain in secure locations.
  3. Those warnings reach the media, who are covering the story live as it unfolds.
  4. The final explosion takes place after Scotland Yard's warnings have been received.
  5. A slightly garbled account of events is broadcast on Israeli news which gives the impression that Israel had been forewarned of all the attacks.

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