In new tape, bin Laden threatens U.S.


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new audio statement allegedly from Osama bin Laden threatens more attacks on U.S. targets "as long as you maintain your support to Israel."

The statement was broadcast Sunday on the Arabic-language Al-Jazeera television. Although the voice on the tape has not been verified, Al Jazeera said it was that of bin Laden.

In the statement, bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight.

The al-Qaida leader said he wanted to deliver a message to America: "(T)hat America should not dream of security until we enjoy it as a reality in Palestine."

"It is not fair that you enjoy a good life while our brothers in Gaza endure the worst standard of living," bin Laden said. "Therefore, God willing, our attacks against you will continue as long as you maintain your support to Israel."  

Bin Laden has been in hiding, reportedly on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, for the past eight years. Sunday’s message is bin Laden’s first in seven months. He had six in 2009.

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