ISIS attacks in Israel ‘just a matter of time’
By Ari Yashar
Senior security sources have estimated that an Islamic State (ISIS) attack inside Israel is merely a matter of time, as the number of Arab citizens of the Jewish state who support the terrorist group grows.
Just last week a surprise IDF general staff drill was held, in which the forces trained to deal with a mock large scale ISIS attack in the south, and a paratrooper brigade was scrambled.
The senior sources were cited by Yedioth Aharonoth on Monday estimating that as pressure builds on ISIS in Syria from Russian and US-coalition airstrikes, the group will increase its attacks outside of the war-torn state. Backing up the estimation the sources pointed to recent international attacks, including the Russian airliner downed in Sinai, the Paris attacks, and the California shooting last week.
Illustrating the threat, ISIS recently has started publishing its first videos in Hebrew threatening Israel with attacks, in which it vowed that “not a single Jew will be left in the country.”
According to the sources, while the IDF knows where to hit other terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas in response to attacks, there are no real targets to respond to against potential ISIS attacks, whether from Sinai or Syria on the Golan Heights.
“Who will we strike in Syria that the international coalition or the Russians aren’t striking now?” posed the source.
Arab citizens of Israel have been growing more and more supportive of the brutal jihadist group as well; in
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