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US aid worker held hostage by al-Qaida pleads for Israel's help

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This image from video obtained from the SITE Intelligence Group on Wednesday shows U.S. hostage Warren Weinstein. SITE reported in a statement that in the video, released by al-Qaida's media arm, Weinstein appeals to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene on his behalf and to work with al-Qaida to accept their demands for his release.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A U.S. aid worker held by al-Qaida in Pakistan for more than a year has appealed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help meet the demands of his captors and secure his release, a group that monitors Islamist websites said Wednesday. 

Hostage Warren Weinstein said U.S. President Barack Obama had shown no interest in his case and had failed to respond or accept al-Qaida's demands, the SITE monitoring service said. 

An American aid worker kidnapped last summer in Pakistan resurfaced Monday morning in a video message released by al-Qaida. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

"Therefore, 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," SITE quoted Weinstein as saying in a video released by al-Qaida. 

Weinstein, who was kidnapped in the central Pakistani city of Lahore in August 2011, pleaded with Obama in a similar recording in May, saying his life was in the president's hands. 

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in December the group was responsible for Weinstein's abduction and demanded the release of all those in U.S. detention for ties to his Islamist militant group or the Taliban. 

He also demanded an end to airstrikes by the United States and its allies against militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia and Gaza. 

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