Bin Laden Killing Highlights US-Israel Anti-Terror Alliance

Warning of potential revenge attacks by the mass murderer’s disciples, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman noted “how symbolic it is” that it happened during the Jewish State’s Holocaust Memorial Day. ''From bin Laden's perspective, Israel was a central target. Without question, he was involved in operations and in giving orders. This has a real impact on the ground, even beyond the symbolic significance,'' he said.

No wonder that Israel's president, Shimon Peres, also praised US security forces for their 'great achievement' in killing the ‘mega murderer’ as the incident coincided with a day in Israel of such awe-filled solemnity that most television channels are off-air and popular stations like Channel 24 show only a screen card depicting a Star of David superimposed over a barbed-wire fence.

Some of my new American friends in Israel were indirectly if not personally affected by the 9/11 bombings so they were ruefully pleased to learn that Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, heard of Bin Laden’s death from US officials two hours before President Barack Obama made the news public.

Mr Oren told Israel Radio: ""The US appreciates the importance of Israel in fighting terror ... we have very wide co-operation in this area on the ground and theoretically,"" He revealed that both the president and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had then called Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to update him on the raid and its developments.

Mr Netanyahu wrote in a congratulatory note and a YouTube message broadcast in Hebrew and English: “This is an historic day for the United States of America and for all the countries engaged in the battle against terrorism … I want to congratulate President Obama and the American people.”