JERUSALEM, Israel -- Osama bin Laden released a new audio message coinciding with Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations.
The nearly ten minute message, which was released online Friday, affirms al-Qaeda's continuation of a holy war against Israel and its allies until Palestine is liberated.
Within the message, bin Laden says the fight for Palestine is the most important motivator in the war with the West.
"To Western nations. this speech is to understand the core reason of the war between our civilization and your civilizations. I mean the Palestinian cause," said bin Laden said.
"The Palestinian cause is the major issue for my #Islamic# nation. It was an important element in fueling me from the beginning and the 19 others with a great motive to fight for those subjected to injustice and the oppressed," he added.
Bin Laden describes in previous messages his support for the Palestinians. In a message released on March 20 he condemned IDF attacks on Hamas in the Gaza strip.
Laura Mansfield, head of the U.S.-based Internet monitors, said bin Laden "seems to be shifting gears" over the last decade. "In his initial messages, bin Laden's focus was on the removal of U.S. forces from #Saudi Arabia# but in recent years he has more closely wedded himself to the Palestinian issue," she said.
Authenticity of the message is pending verification.
Sources: AP, Ynet News