Israel have said that there is a strong likelihood that they will be targeted by ISIS in 2016.
According to Israeli intelligence, the successful Russian defeat of ISIS in Syria has sparked a mass exodus of militants that could lead the terrorist organisation to attack neighbouring Israel.
“We have been very fortunate until now,” a source said, “but it looks like ISIS is preparing to find other venues, and the most logical one is here.” Recorded ISIS threats against the West have included Israel at times.
Just last week, an Israeli court indicted five Israeli-Arabs, ages 19 to 27, on charges of establishing an ISIS cell. Nearly a year ago, a ring of seven ISIS conspirators from the Galilee was uncovered, led by 40-year-old Nazareth attorney Adnan Ala a-Din, a graduate of Hebrew University Law School. Support for ISIS has also grown among the Bedouin sector.
On the other hand, the MEMRI report, while mentioning ISIS’s “Slaughter the Jews” social media and video campaign, stresses that the terror organization “sees conquering Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, and Mecca as taking precedence over liberating Jerusalem.” MEMRI notes that “unlike many Arab and Islamic movements and organizations for [which] the liberation of Palestine [etc.] head their priorities, or who at least claim this to be the case, ISIS perceives them [only] as long-term goals.”
Washington-based MEMRI explains that ISIS does recognize the importance of the Palestinian cause for the Arab and Islamic world, and “exploits it, as do other regimes, organizations, and movements, as an element in its arsenal of informational tools and as a means of recruiting supporters.” ISIS enjoys the media attention it gains with its threats of attacks against Israel – for the purpose of “strik[ing] at its main rival in the Palestinian arena – that is, Hamas.”
“ISIS has no real organized presence among the Palestinians in either the Gaza Strip or the West Bank,” MEMRI concludes.
Despite this, ISIS does have a significant presence in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula, and several small jihadist factions inside Gaza have pledged allegiance to ISIS. There have also been consistent reports of Hamas and ISIS cooperating against Egypt and Israel, despite the two Islamist groups’ ideological differences.