Det var Al Qaida som sto bak rakettangrepet på Nord-Israel i romjulen, sa Musab al-Zarqawi i et tale som ble lagt ut på internett mandag.

«The rocket firing at the ancestors of monkeys and pigs from the south of Lebanon was only the start of a blessed in-depth strike against the Zionist enemy (…). All that was on the instructions of the sheikh of the mujahedeen, Osama bin Laden, may God preserve him,» said the voice attributed to the Jordanian extremist.

«This commendable feat came in application by the mujahedeen of the oath by fighter sheikh Osama bin Laden, emir of the Al-Qaeda network, may God preserve him,» added the recording referring to repeated statements by Bin Laden that the Israelis should not enjoy security as long as Muslims were not safe.

Rockets against Israel «ordered by Bin Laden»: Iraqi Al-Qaeda chief