Daesh chief pledges to at­tack Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

FOR THE first time, Daesh is threat­en­ing to launch at­tacks on Is­rael.

In a speech pub­lished last week­end, the Is­lamic State’s “Caliph”, Abu Bakr Al-Bagh­dadi, is pur­ported to have said: “The Jews thought we for­got about Pales­tine and they de­flected our at­ten­tion from it. Not at all. With Al­lah’s help we will not forget it.

“Soon with Al­lah’s help you will hear the voices of ji­had fight­ers.”

While its mem­bers have at­tacked Jewish tar­gets in France and Bel­gium, Daesh has yet to op­er­ate di­rectly against the Jewish state, a fact that has fu­elled con­spir­acy the­o­ries claim­ing Is­rael and the United States “cre­ated” Daesh.

“Pales­tine will not be your land or home,” says the man claim­ing to be Al-Bagh­dadi in the record­ing.

“It will be your ceme­tery. Al­lah gath­ered you in Pales­tine so the Mus­lims can kill you.”

While Daesh forces in Syria are not cur­rently close to Is­rael’s border, an af­fil­i­ated or­gan­i­sa­tion — Shuhada alYar­mouch — does con­trol part of the southern Golan, and Is­rael is closely mon­i­tor­ing its oper­a­tions.

Mean­while, Daesh ac­tiv­ity against Is­rael has mainly amounted to the re­cruit­ment of Is­raeli-Arab cit­i­zens. The se­cu­rity ser­vices have ei­ther ar­rested or are aware of around 50 Is­raeliArabs who have joined Daesh. Some have trav­elled to Syria to fight with the terror group.

The Daesh warn­ings have added to a feel­ing within Is­rael’s se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment that the rel­a­tive quiet on Is­rael’s north­ern bor­ders — due to the fact that its en­e­mies in that area are all em­broiled in the fight­ing in Syria — can­not last for­ever. Speech: Bagh­dadi

PHOTO: AP

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