Osama Bin Laden has released a new audio tape calling for Jihad against Israel and the United States over the Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.

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Osama Bin Laden has released a new video tape on an Islamic militant web site calling for jihad. The new tape refers to Israel’s campaign in Gaza and calls for Muslims to engage in more attacks against Israel and the United States in retaliation. The tape states that the Gaza operation is a desperate response to the collapse of the global economy and the decline of the United States in international affairs

The tape goes on to state that President-elect Barack Obama has received a “heavy inheritance” from George W. Bush with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that Muslims must continue to fight under Obama’s administration.

Experts stated that the voice on the tape sounded like Bin Laden’s voice in previous messages, though they could not confirm the authenticity of the tape.

The White House immediately issued a statement dismissing the tape, stating that bin Laden was in “isolation.”

Israel began its operation in Gaza three weeks ago to prevent rocket attacks by Hamas militants in the area. Since the operation began, over 1000 soldiers and civilians have been killed. The Gaza operation has been severely criticized throughout the Islamic world as an act of aggression by Israel. The Bush administration has supported the Gaza operation, maintaining that Israel has a right to defend itself. Obama has condemned Hamas’ rocket attacks on Israel, but has remained silent on the Gaza operation.

Listen to an excerpt of the audio tape below: