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September 19, 2012
Netanyahu Asked to Intervene
(JTA) — Kidnapped American Warren Weinstein called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help free him from his Al Qaida captors.
The plea from Weinstein, 71, was included in a video released by Al Qaida on Sept. 12.
“As a Jew, I am appealing to you, Prime Minister Netanyahu, the head of the Jewish State of Israel, as one Jew to another, to please intervene on my behalf, to work with the mujahideen and to accept their demands so that I can be released and returned to my family, see my wife, my children and my grandchildren again,” he said in the video, according to reports.
Weinstein, of Rockville, Md., also said the U.S. government has “no interest” in his case. He was kidnapped in August 2011 outside Pakistan while he was working for J.E. Austin Associates, a private company that advises Pakistani businesses. In May he appealed to President Barack Obama to save his life.
The demands included a halt to U.S. airstrikes and the freeing of all Al Qaida and Taliban suspects, according to reports. The United States has said it will not negotiate with Al Qaida, which is designated as a terrorist organization.