ISIS Threats Against Israel

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ISIS Threats against Israel

In a new video just released on Dec 26, IS leader al-Baghdadi has issued threats against Israel, as well as the usual ones. Reports are also being circulated that say Hamas and ISIS are “collaborating” on funding, smuggling, training, and even medical support.

Threats against Israel in a new audio

A new audio purportedly from al-Baghdadi threatens the U.S., Russia, EU, and Israel. It’s the first audio from the so-called leader of ISIS in 7 months.

“Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets.” al-Baghdadi

The arrogant video makes the usual claims against the United States, the European Union, and Russia. ISIS has always hated the Jews, but the verbiage is slightly different than normal.

“The pioneers of the jihadist fighters will surround you in a day you think is distant and we know is close…”   Are the jihadist “pioneers” Hamas?

Is ISIS working with Hamas?

Interestingly, the video surfaces after information came to light that Hamas may be collaborating some with the Islamic State group in Egypt’s Sinai.

“It’s a worrying development in the sense that this aids both Hamas’s military buildup after the 2014 war [with Israel], as well as assists Islamic State in the Sinai in its insurgency against the Egyptian government and even Israel.” Neri Zilber, Washington Institute for Near-East policy

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This picture was taken in Nazareth – ISIS is present. photo via wiki commons

Cherry picking weapons

Hamas is generally Shi’ite, and ISIS is Sunni. Any “collaboration” will likely be short-lived. But BIN reports that ISIS may be “cherry-picking” weapons that are destined for Hamas.

BIN wrote,

Hamas’s reported cooperation with Islamic State comes after news that the commander of Islamic State terrorist forces in the Sinai Peninsula, Shadi al-Menei, was secretly meeting with Gaza-based Hamas leaders in early December in order to grow their cooperation to launch more attacks against Egypt and Israel.

Al-Menei and leaders of Hamas’s “military wing” were reportedly discussing the ongoing supply of weapons sought by Hamas, which in turn has also supplied Islamic State with weapons—including Kornet anti-tank missiles that have been used against the Egyptian military (such as in the sinking of an Egyptian patrol boat off the coast of al-Arish) as well as several tanks and armored personnel carriers.

Because of this development, Israel and Egypt have deepened their ties, even to allowing Egyptian warplanes to venture into Israeli airspace.

Danger to Israel on all sides

The following Tweet contains the translated words of al-Baghdadi from the audio. Note the verbiage. While certain “experts”  say that any presence of ISIS in Gaza is likely  more of a “theoretical” threat at present, it’s important to pay attention to what is happening there. Sometimes things are more than a theory.

Israel is juggling internal Palestinian strife, with external problems, and world wide hate.  They are quite literally “surrounded.”

The following audio is in Arabic:

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