Jewish groups have congratulated the United States government for its "relentless pursuit of Osama bin Laden".
The American Jewish Committee expressed its "heartfelt admiration and appreciation” following President Obama’s announcement that the al-Qaida leader had been killed in Pakistan, almost ten years after the September 11 attacks.
Israeli leaders have been speaking about the significance of President Barack Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed by US forces.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a "resounding triumph for justice, freedom and the values shared by all democratic nations fighting shoulder to shoulder in determination against terrorism".
Long before the September 11 attacks on the United States, Osama bin Laden had made himself known as a terror threat. In 1996 he declared that Muslims should raise jihad against the west, and two years later he outlined his belief that killing “Jews and crusaders” was an "individual duty for every Muslim".