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Monday May 2, 2011 10:33 AM (EST+7)

JERUSALEM, May 2 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces on Sunday as a triumph for Washington and its allies in their war on terror.

This is a resounding triumph for justice, freedom and the values shared by all democratic nations fighting shoulder to shoulder in determination against terrorism, Netanyahu said in a statement early on Monday.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel, which has cast its own struggle with Palestinian and Lebanese militants as an extension of the US-led campaign against al Qaeda worldwide, gained from bin Laden's death.

Al Qaeda has ceaselessly tried to penetrate Gaza and Judea and Samaria (West Bank), he told Israel's Army Radio, referring to Palestinian territories. His interception has operational significance for us, too.

Israel had not contributed to the American commando raid that killed Bin Laden in Pakistan, and was informed of it half an hour before US President Barack Obama made his official announcement on Sunday night, Lieberman said.

President Shimon Peres, Israel's elder statesman and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said Bin Laden had met his end at the gallows. Peres described the death as a lesson about the self-destructiveness of violent extremism.

Look at all of the murderers, all of those dictators and terrorists. They end up murdering themselves -- the real verdict of history, which to my regret takes a lot a time and exacts a lot of victims, he told Israel Radio.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jon Hemming)






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