Saudis Puzzled By Sept 11 Legislation, Blame Israel: "Mossad Must Have Done This"

As Congress considers a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudia Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef told the United Nations General Assembly that he's "puzzled" by the move given that Saudi Arabia "suffered from terrorism" long before 9/11.  According to Al Arabiya:

“Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries that suffered from terrorism,” Crown Prince Mohammed told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.


He said “before Sep. 11, Saudi Arabia had signed agreements with other Arab states to fight terrorism,” and until now it is still “waging an unrelenting war terrorist groups.”


He added: “[Saudi] is now part of 12 international agreements to fight terrorism,” and it heads in “partnership” with the United States and Italy a group combating ISIS funding.


“The security apparatus in Saudi Arabia has foiled 268 terrorist operations, including operations against friendly states,” he said.

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef also told the General Assembly that Saudi Arabia “was one of the first countries that denounced September 11."  That said, apparently he forgets that his nation's first reaction to 9/11 was to blame Israel and simultaneously deny the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were, in fact, from Saudia Arabia. 

As previously pointed out by the The Jerusalem Post, the former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Robert Jordan, confirmed the original denials in a book he published last year called "Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11."  Within that book, Jordan points out that immediately after the 9/11 attacks both Saudi King Salman and then Minister of Interior Mohammad bin Nayef denied reports that the hijackers were Saudis and instead insisted that "the Mossad must have done this."

“One of my first calls was with then-governor of Riyadh... Prince Salman, who is now the king. His response was very emphatic [that] this could not have been Saudis, we couldn’t possibly have done this,” former envoy Robert Jordan said on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.


“This had to have been an Israeli plot. The Mossad must have done this,” he cited Salman as saying at the time.


“I got the same thing from the minister of interior, Prince [Mohammed bin] Nayef,” Jordan continued.


"I finally had to bring a CIA briefer out and show some of these princes some compelling evidence that it, indeed, was Saudis who were the hijackers.”


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