Documents call for use of drugs to infiltrate Israeli security and subvert soldiers, and urge Jerusalem Christians to convert to Islam
By Greg Tepper
-Qaeda considered the use of drugs to infiltrate Israel’s borders and security infrastructure, thought of the Arab Spring as a positive development, called on Christians in Israel to convert to Islam, and slammed the Mubarak regime for its relations with Israel in newly declassified papers found by US commandos in Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound.
The documents, written by a number of high-level al-Qaeda operatives, offer a glimpse into the thinking and views of the world’s most wanted terrorist and his cohorts.
This and more was revealed Thursday through translated Al-Qaeda documents released by the West Point Combating Terrorism Center. The 17 declassified documents, released by the West Point Combating Terrorism Center Thursday, make numerous references to Israel, Jews, and the Jewish state’s relationship with Arab leaders.
The 197 pages of documents, translated from Arabic, were captured in the Abbottabad raid that resulted in the death of bin Laden.
The internal communications were authored between 2006 and 2011 by several leaders, including bin Ladin, Atiyya Abd al-Rahman, Abu Yahya al-Libi and the American Adam Gadahn, as well as several others, according to the report.
On Egypt, the Arab Spring and relations with Israel
Following the Egyptian revolution which ousted Western-allied President Hosni Mubarak, a letter was written that was highly critical of Mubarak and his regime and heavily supportive of the revolutionaries throughout the Arab world. Al-Qaeda found the Arab Spring to be an important and positive development.
Greetings were offered to “the free and honorable people who erupted in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen, and those who rose up and resisted the corrupt rulers, the corrupters, the Zionist Arabs, the fighters of Islam…the collaborators with Israel…the imposers of the siege on Gaza while supplying Nile water and gas to Israel, and the deniers of medical treatment and trade in Egypt for the people of Gaza, while allowing tens of thousands of Israelis to enter Sinai without a visa to commit immorality in order to fill the pockets of the greatest criminals with this illegitimate money,” one document read.
Israel and Egypt have recently seen tensions rise over gas agreements and security warnings concerning travel to Sinai have become more severe since the revolution.
The same letter accused Egypt of being “defeatist in front of Israel,” an attitude that has been expressed recently among Egyptian politicians.