Many religious Israelis believe one of their top rabbis accurately predicted the American assassination of Osama bin Laden.
Rabbi Mordechai Ganot is a religious leader associated with the Kabbalah movement (Jewish mysticism), but enjoys wide acceptance in broader Orthodox Jewish circles.
Renowned for his grasp of astronomy, Rabbi Ganot publishes an annual calendar titled "Everything in its Time" that often attempts to predict major happenings in the coming year.
In his most recent publication of "Everything in its Time," Ganot wrote that at the start of the new (biblical) year, "hateful people and thieves (Ahmadinejad, Chavez, bin Laden) will be removed from the earth."
Bin Laden's assassination took place on the 28th day of the biblical month of Nisan. Though Jews today celebrate the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) in the Fall as their new year, the Bible actually stipulates that Nisan is to be the first month of the year.
In another portion of the book, Ganot predicted that the death of a "great gentile king" would be preceded by a catastrophic earthquake.