In a tape marking Israel’s 60th anniversary, the speaker pledged to continue fighting the Israelis and not give up “a single inch of Palestine”. The tape’s authenticity could not be verified. The last messages attributed to Bin Laden were aired in March.
The al-Qaeda leader is thought to be in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area. Friday’s message, which lasted about nine minutes, was posted on a website commonly used by al-Qaeda.
It came as US President George W Bush ended a trip to Israel coinciding with anniversary celebrations that began last week. The voice on the tape said the fight for the Palestinian cause was the most important factor driving al-Qaeda’s war with the West, and that it had fuelled the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.
And he continues living in the fifteenth century riding his horse!