Bin Laden Urges Jihad Against Israel

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2009 9:18 AM CST
Israeli soldiers stand on an tank as they prepare for combat missions in Gaza.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Osama bin Laden today urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel and condemned Arab governments as allies of the Jewish state, the AP reports. In a new message aimed at harnessing anger in the Mideast over the Gaza offensive, bin Laden spoke in an audiotape posted on Islamic militant websites. It's the first tape he's issued since May.

"There is only one strong way to bring the return of Al-Aqsa and Palestine, and that is jihad in the path of God," bin Laden said in the 22-minute audiotape, referring to the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. "The duty is to urge people to jihad and to enlist the youth into jihad brigades. If you are not convinced to fight, then open the way to those who are convinced."