Associated Press - May 16th 2008
Al-Qaida will continue its holy war against Israel and its allies until it liberates Palestine, Osama bin Laden said in a new audio statement Friday.
The message came as President Bush wrapped up his visit to Israel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state.
Bin Laden says the fight for the Palestinian cause is the most important factor driving al-Qaida's war with the West and fueled the Sept. 11 attacks.
The authenticity of the close to 10 minute message could not be
verified, but it was posted on a Web site commonly used by al-Qaida.
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4th 2009 - a year later....
CAIRO – Quoting from the Quran for emphasis, President Barack Obama called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims" Thursday and said together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe and advance the timeless search for peace in the Middle East.
cycle of suspicion and discord must end," Obama said in a widely
anticipated speech in one of the world's largest Muslim countries, an
address designed to reframe relations after the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, and the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
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'cycle of suspicion' would seem to be well based, given that in
public George Bush was calling for an end to the settlements being
built on Palestinian land.
The Israeli government of Benjmain Netanyahu is seeking to deflect Washington's demand for a total settlement freeze by complaining that it ignores secret agreements between his predecessors and the Bush administration that construction in existing Jewish settlements could continue.