Al-Qaeda Rips Annapolis Talks

Bin Laden's No. 2 accuses delegates of 'treachery' toward Palestinians
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2007 1:43 PM CST
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, shake hands as President Bush looks on at center, during the opening session of the Mideast conference at the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Al Qaeda's second-in-command condemned the Arab attendees at last month's Annapolis peace conference in an internet audio file posted today, the BBC reports. In the recording, Ayman Al-Zawahiri says the Arab leaders at the talks, in which most Arab countries took part, "were present as false witnesses to the latest of the treacherous deals to sell Palestine."

Al-Zawahiri also calls on Muslims to "unite under the banner of Islam and on the road of God's jihad and reject these secular organizations that sold you out," Reuters reports. The message appeared on Islamist websites more than 2 weeks after the conference, which resulted in an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to work together and establish a Palestinian state.