Binyamin Netanyahu, prime minister-designate of Israel, claims to have predicted 9/11. Two examples:
Binyamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem Conference in January 2009.
To the Jerusalem Conference in January 2009 (at 12:57 into his speech): "Look, I wrote ... in 1995 … that radical Islam will topple the Twin Towers."
What exactly did Netanyahu write in that 1995 book, Fighting Terrorism (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), that came out two years after the Blind Sheikh's crew truck bombed the World Trade Center? Two passages there bear on his claim of foresight. First, on p. 52:
What road should the United States and other democracies pursue if they are to overcome not only the domestic terror of Oklahoma City but the potentially much more insidious international terror which produced the  World Trade Center bombing, and which may very well produce other such tragedies before it has been defeated?
This vaguely alludes to "other such tragedies" but predicts nothing along the lines of 9/11. On p. 125, Netanyahu speculates about various forms of Islamist terror:
Iran might be tempted to actually use nuclear weapons against Israel or a neighboring Arab state, and then avoid the consequences of Western reaction by threatening to activate its pre-armed militants in the West. … In the worst of such scenarios, the consequences could be not a car bomb but a nuclear bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center.
A nuclear bombing of the twin towers would have rendered all of New York City uninhabitable for generations; the two airliners on 9/11 brought down the World Trade Center and destroyed near-by buildings, but otherwise New York City remains very much inhabited and alive today, a dynamic world capital.
Comments: (1) Neither passage predicted "militant Islam bringing down the World Trade Center" nor "radical Islam will topple the Twin Towers." Verdict: Netanyahu did not predict 9/11.
(2) The discrepancy between the actual text of the 1995 book and recent claims reveals something small but troubling about Netanyahu's character, reminding me of the politicians who served unsuccessfully as prime minister in the 1990s rather than an older and wiser "new Bibi." (March 8, 2009)