‘Bin Laden’ e-mail condemns Saudi peace plan


A London-based Arabic newspaper says it has received an e-mail it believes to be from Osama bin Laden.

Undated videom footage of Osama bin Laden
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Al-Quds Al-Arabi

"Prince Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz's initiative, a Zionist-American (initiative) in Saudi government clothes, is merely a trick and a conspiracy," says the e-mail.

The Saudi plan offers "normal relations" and security for Israel if it returns Arab lands it occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Bin Laden also praised Palestinian suicide attacks on Israelis and urged Muslims to launch jihad, or holy struggle, against the Jewish state.

"The Jews try in vain to flee, finding no refuge and becoming exposed to exploding bodies that make them taste death and chased by horror," the e-mail says.

It describes suicide bombings in Israel and the September 11th attacks as "the great events" and "the blessed jihad".