In the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, both ABC and Fox News extensively reported on possible Israeli connections to the day’s terror attacks. ABC focused on a group of men known as the “dancing Israelis,” who were caught filming and celebrating the attack on New York City’s World Trade Center. These men also became the subject of a journalistic investigation by Fox News, which explored possible Israeli links to the 9/11 attacks. This investigation uncovered evidence of massive Israeli intelligence operations on US soil, suggesting that Israel may have had foreknowledge of the attacks.
The apprehension and subsequent deportation of the five “dancing Israelis” raised suspicions that Israeli intelligence officers had prior knowledge of the terror attacks. In a June 2002 report from ABC News, a woman named Maria, who asked to remain anonymous, recounted her observations on the morning of 9/11. She saw a group of young men celebrating and filming the destruction of the Twin Towers from a moving van near her apartment building. Maria found their behavior strange, as they appeared to be “happy” about the horrific events unfolding before them.
Later that afternoon, the police pulled over the van and detained the five men, aged between 22 and 27. Upon searching the vehicle, the police discovered that one of the men had $4,700 hidden in his sock, while another had multiple foreign passports. Box cutters, the same weapons used by the hijackers, were also found in their possession. The men identified themselves as Israeli citizens and immediately blamed Palestinians for the attack. When film from one of the group’s cameras was developed, it revealed over 70 photographs of their celebration on 9/11.
After being held for several weeks, the men were eventually deported to Israel. They later appeared on an Israeli TV show, claiming that they were in the United States to document the 9/11 attacks with their cameras and recording equipment.
Fox News conducted a four-part investigative series on the “dancing Israelis” and alleged Israeli foreknowledge of 9/11. Led by reporter Carl Cameron, the series aired on the Special Report With Brit Hume program in December 2001. Cameron cited high-ranking US officials and classified documents that indicated the Israelis had anticipated the attacks.
According to Cameron’s report, more than 60 Israeli nationals, some of whom were allegedly “active Israeli military,” were detained by American authorities immediately after 9/11. Several of them failed polygraph tests when questioned about their potential surveillance activities against the United States. Cameron’s investigation also revealed Israeli intelligence “front operations” posing as legitimate businesses, including a chain of mall kiosks selling toy helicopters. Additionally, Israeli agents were found to have infiltrated highly secure US government facilities, operating a vast network spanning the entire country.
Despite the extensive reporting done by ABC and Fox News, the investigation into Israeli connections to 9/11 remains a controversial and debated topic. The information brought to light by these news outlets raises questions about the extent of Israeli intelligence operations in the United States and whether they had any prior knowledge of the attacks. However, it is worth noting that no conclusive evidence has been presented to definitively prove or disprove these claims. The events surrounding 9/11 continue to be a deeply complex and emotional subject that demands further scrutiny and thorough investigation.