The president spoke after the branch of Al Qaeda in Yemen and Saudi Arabia claimed responsibility for the attempted attack and said it was in retaliation for recent American-backed attacks on its members in Yemen, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks militant Islamist Web sites.
SITE Intelligence Group is run by a "former" member of the Israeli Defense Forces, Rita Katz, and has a long track record of putting out propaganda favorable to Israel's agenda.
Ring, Ring, Its Time To Kill. Mossad Activates 'Sleeper' Agents To Kill People In Yemen And Arabia
December 4, 2002Mossad wakens 'sleeper' agents in Yemen, Saudi Arabia
DOUGLAS DAVIS Dec. 1, 2002
LONDON The Mossad has activated "sleeper" agents in Saudi Arabia and Yemen after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered Mossad head Meir Dagan to track down the planners and perpetrators of last Friday's twin attacks in Mombasa.
Quoting one source, the London Sunday Times reported that Sharon summoned Dagan to a meeting following the attacks and told him: "War has been declared on the State of Israel by the global Islamic terror syndicate. Change your priorities and get them, one by one."
Codenamed "Warriors," the highly trained sleeper agents are said to volunteer to live undercover in Arab countries, remaining dormant unless war breaks out. In such circumstances, their mission is to undermine Arab plans for strikes against Israel.
The last time the Mossad received such orders was in 1972 when then-prime minister Golda Meir ordered the assassination of Palestinians who were involved in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. All but one were eliminated in an operation that ranged over several continents and six years.
According to the newspaper, Sharon's order "promises to have momentous consequences for the conduct of the war on terror." It also said the order had met with a mixed reception among Mossad agents.
"If Bin Laden was involved in the Kenya attack, this man is a walking corpse," one agent was quoted as saying. "The price tag on Jewish blood is very high."
Others, however, described the decision to activate the "Warriors" as "overkill." One source was quoted as saying: "Muslim terrorism is not a critical threat to the state of Israel. We should keep these people for an all-out war."