The Psy War Had an Effect!
When the Afghanistan campaign was starting, Glenn Reynolds has some suggestions for psychological warfare including the theory that Osama bin Laden was a Mossad agent. A few months ago, the same rumor was reported by Middle East Online:
A senior Palestinian security official claimed Saturday his services had uncovered an Israeli plot to create a mock Al-Qaeda cell in the Gaza Strip, while an Israeli official dismissed the charge as "absurd".
Gaza head of preventive security Rashid Abu Shbak told journalists at a press conference that Israeli agents, posing as operatives of Osama bin Laden's terrorist group, recruited Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.