The United States and Russia may be hitting ISIS harder than anyone, with constant attacks from the air, but none of these countries does Islamic State group truly fear.
German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer, who spent 10 days with the organization in Syria in 2014, recounted to Jewish News, “They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them.”
Todenhofer, a former member of the German Parliament, wrote a book about his experience called My 10 Days in the Islamic State.
The 75-year-old “was the first Western journalist allowed extensive access to ISIS territory – and to return safely from the trip,” Haaretz reported.
“They think they can defeat US and UK ground troops, who they say they have no experience in city guerrilla or terrorist strategies,” he told Jewish News. “But they know the Israelis are very tough as far as fighting against guerrillas and terrorists.”
Todenhofer related that ISIS is “preparing the largest religious cleansing in history,” and that the Paris attacks are just the first of “a storm” that is coming to Western cities.
In an audio recording reportedly made by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader directly threatened the nation of Israel, as well.
“We are getting closer to you day by day,” said the message, the Jerusalem Post reported. “Do not think that we have forgotten about you.”
“God caused the Jews of the world to gather in Israel, and the war against them has become easy. It is the obligation of every Muslim to carry out Jihad.
“Jews, you will not enjoy in Palestine. God has gathered you in Palestine so that the Mujahadeen can reach you soon and you will hide by the rock and the tree. Palestine will be your graveyard,” he said.
As reported by Western Journalism, ISIS has suffered a series of setbacks recently, including the loss of Ramadi (capital of Al Anbar Province) this week to U.S./British-supported Iraqi forces. Operations are now underway to retake Mosul and Fallujah.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond stated on Tuesday, “These barbaric terrorists have lost 30% of the territory they once held in Iraq.”