The Islamic State may turn its face to Israel as it is losing strength in Syria, claims the chief of the Israel Defense Forces.
IDF Chief Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot said Russia’s intervention in Syria stopped ISIS from spreading further in the country. That is why the terrorist group may be looking for new measures to control the southern Syrian border with Jordan and Israel, he added.
Eizenkot was speaking at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for International Security Studies. He warned that ISIS might “turn their guns” against Jordan and Israel.
“In their strategic logic, there is a certain logic in connecting Israel with Jordan,” RT quoted Eizenkot as saying. In the border area, ISIS is not experiencing what the organization and other global jihadi groups are experiencing inside Syria, he added.
According to Eizenkot, some of the Palestinians are welcoming the ISIS ideology. The IDF chief claims ISIS has a “relatively high penetration” in Palestine, especially in Gaza.
While Eizenkot warned that ISIS might target Israel in near future, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the terrorist group was already functioning in the country. He said the presence of the terrorist group in Israel was “no longer a secret.”
“I am not speaking about territories bordering the State of Israel, but within the state itself,” he said. “Research studies, arrests, testimonies, and overt and covert analyses… clearly indicate that there is increasing support for the Islamic State among Israeli Arabs, while some are actually joining ISIS.”
ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi earlier warned Israel that the terror group would soon attack the country.
“Jews, soon you shall hear from us in Palestine which will become your grave,” The Telegraph quoted an audio message from the extremist leader.
The 23-minute audio statement, released in late December, was Baghdadi’s first statement in seven months. On social media, the message was dubbed as an “alternative Christmas broadcast.”