Saturday, 23 May 2015

ISIS Approaches Israel

Islamic State loyalists in Syria have made attempts in recent weeks to expand the extremist group’s territory near the border with Israel, but have been twice thwarted by Syrian rebels along the Golan Heights. Israel has not yet responded to the incidents, even as mortar shells from the battles with ISIS fighters landed across the border into Israeli territory, Israeli news site Ynetnews said.  In the past, Israel has increased its forces in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border when shells fired by the Syrian army spilled over into Israeli territory, the Jerusalem Post said. However, Israel has remained quiet during the past two weeks as rebel fighters from Syria repelled militants loyal to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. 

The ISIS-loyalists have so far failed to gain foothold on the Golan Heights border, which would allow the Islamic State to set up a base for operations against Israel, Ynetnews said. Their attacks have been thwarted by the Free Syrian Army, which reportedly receives Israeli humanitarian aid, in cooperation with the Nusra Front, a Sunni Muslim branch of al Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon.  Israel views al Qaeda-affiliated groups as enemies but is far more hostile with Iran and its allies. Earlier this year, Israel opened its borders with Syria to provide medical treatment to the Nusra Front and al Qaeda fighters wounded along the Golan Heights, the Wall Street Journal said. 
Nusra Front, which has referred to the United States and Israel as enemies of Islam, is fighting the Iranian-backed alliance of Syrain President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah. Nusra Front seized the border area last summer but hasn’t attacked Israel.

“There is no doubt that Hezbollah and Iran are the major threat to Israel, much more than the radical Sunni Islamists, who are also an enemy,” Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israel’s military intelligence, told the Wall Street Journal in March. “Those Sunni elements who control some two-thirds to 90 percent of the border on the Golan aren't attacking Israel. This gives you some basis to think that they understand who is their real enemy—maybe it isn’t Israel.”

Lets look at the ISIS related past .....

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has revealed that the Judea Military Court on December 18 indicted three members of a Hebron Islamic State cell for plotting a range of terrorist attacks. The three suspects planned to murder an IDF soldier and use his weapon and uniform to carry out a shooting attack, the Shin Bet said.

In a press conference the, PA security forces spokesman Adnan Dameiri staunchly denied the existence of ISIS-affiliated cells.  "We are obviously adamant not to have ISIS or umbrellas for them in Palestine. 
Those who have been trying to create the ISIS phenomenon are Israel and Hamas given that the Muslim Brotherhood movement is the incubator which created al-Qaida, ISIS, the Nusra Front and other Jihadist and Takfiri organizations," the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency quoted Dameiri as saying. Dameiri claimed that the PA had successfully fought off the infighting and religious extremism plaguing the rest of the region.  The PA spokesman said that many suspects had been interrogated by Palestinian security forces for suspected affiliation with ISIS, but that they had all eventually been set free after proving their innocence.
"The Israeli occupation is interested in creating chaos in Palestine … to tell the world that the Palestinians do not deserve to have a state. Thus, tranquility and stability will embarrass the Israeli occupation," Ma'an quoted Dameiri as saying.

The Israeli defense establishment assesses that Salafi jihadism remains a marginal force in the West Bank, but one that could grow in scope and danger if it exploits a power vacuum. 
The ideology of the Islamic State is gaining traction in some quarters in the Palestinian territories, but has not yet become a significant presence. We at SDR however think its only a matter of time as the ISIS can approach Israel from more than only one side.

A Nazareth lawyer referred to himself as the “Commander of ISIS in Palestine” and instructed other cell members to take part in terror attacks against Jews, Shin Bet says.

The Haifa District Attorney’s Office  filed an indictment against seven Israeli Arabs, including a lawyer from Nazareth, for their alleged role in attempting to set up a branch of Islamic State in Israel.

The seven defendants were part of a plot to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel and target Druse Israelis, security personnel, and others, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said.
The defendants face charges of membership and activity in a banned organization (Islamic State was banned by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon as of September), aiding a terrorist group, and attempted contact with a foreign agent, for their plot to set up a branch of Islamic State in Israel and eventually to fight in Syria.
The seven defendants were arrested in a joint Shin Bet-Israel Police operation in November and December, but the case was kept under a gag order until the indictment was filed later.

The defendants were named as Adnan Aladin, 40, a lawyer in Nazareth; Hasam Marisat, 30, a former security prisoner from Deir Hanna; Karim Abu-Tzalah, 22; Alaa Abu-Tzalah, 27; Halad Abu Tzahalh, 30; Sarif Khaled Abu-Tzalah, 29; and Muhammad Abu Tazalah, 27. All seven are from Sakhnin. Muhammad was training to be a pharmacist at the time of his arrest, the Shin Bet said.

The Shin Bet said that all seven have confessed that, since June, they have worked together to form a “Salafi jihadist” group and pledged their allegiance to Islamic State.

The indictment stated that Karim Abu-Tzalah attempted to travel to Syria via Turkey last year with NIS 40,000 to contribute to Islamic State’s goals and had even coordinated with an Islamic State agent to meet him in Syria. He was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport when he tried to leave the country despite an Interior Ministry order banning him from traveling abroad.
The Shin Bet said that the defendants met on a number of occasions with a well-known extremist Salafi preacher in northern Israel, who called on them to recruit more men to their cause.
The cell carried out secret meetings during which they discussed jihadist thinking, the fighting in Syria, and prepared themselves to fight with Islamic State in Syria, said the indictment.
The indictment noted that during the meetings, the defendants left their cellphones in their vehicles to avoid any possible wiretapping by the Shin Bet, who they suspected might be following them.
They also learned how to make firebombs and  bought animals to practice slaughtering them, in order to build up their nerve for “slaughtering infidels in Syria,” in the words of the indictment.

The central figure in the cell was Aladin, who the Shin Bet said referred to himself as the “commander of Islamic State in Palestine.”

During the cell’s meetings, Aladin allegedly incited the other members to take part in terrorist attacks against Jews and prepared them for their jihad ideologically and mentally, the Shin Bet said. Aladin was suspended in July from his job with the Public Defender’s Office after he wrote a post on Facebook praising an Islamic hadith about killing Jews.
He told his interrogators that he worked to acquire firearms in order to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel against security forces and Druse, all on behalf of Islamic State, the Shin Bet said.

Kareem Abu-Tzalah was separately indicted last week for seeking to obtain weapons for use against Israeli security forces, a Justice Ministry statement indicated.

According to the Shin Bet, the Sakhnin residents were arrested for their part in trying to acquire firearms.  An eighth defendant, Omer Koush, was indicted separately in the Beersheba District Court by the Southern District Attorney’s Office.  Koush was indicted on December 18. 2014 and arraigned on December 29, but the existence of the indictment was cleared for publication only later along with the Haifa bust. Koush is a resident of a Beduin village in the South who had recently finished medical studies in Jordan and had been working to recruit fighters for Islamic State, according to the Shin Bet.

The state requested to remand all the defendants until the end of proceedings against them.
The seven Haifa defendants are to be arraigned and have their final hearing on how long they will be detained on February 2,  2015. Koush’s next hearing was set for January 29. Channel 2 aired footage from an interview with Aladin they broadcast in September, during which his face and identity were hidden. In the interview, Aladin can be seen saying that attacks on Israel should be expected, in that Israel “is part of the Muslim lands that were usurped.”

He compared the massacres attributed to Islamic State to what he said were atrocities committed by the United States and its allies in the Middle East and worldwide, and that “Islamic State will make sure justice is served” to people who murdered Muslims.

After such words one must understand that Israeli borders are already under siege and that the testing of border penetrations has already started.

Two Palestinian women of the West Bank were caught sneaking into Israel despite being dressed as ultra-Orthodox Jews, according to police reports in Israel. 
SDR ask´s you the reader why would they be doing this ? 

Israel police said that two women disguised as observant Jews tried to infiltrate Israel through the Hizme checkpoint in Samaria Shomron, but a security officer caught them. The Israeli Army and Border Police invest enormous efforts in protecting the borders between the Palestinian Authority in the areas of pre-1967 Israel.
However, Palestinians of the West Bank work hard to infiltrate the other side of the border, where the majority of the Jewish population of Israel reside.  In this case, a Gal Battalion officer searched the public bus #143 on the side of the road for a routine security check before allowing it through the Hizme checkpoint in Samaria.  As he walked toward the back of the bus, he noticed two women wearing hair coverings common with observant Jewish women.  At least one woman was holding a Siddur, a Jewish prayer book. However, the security officer said that both were acting strange, and they seemed more tense than usual.  He also observed that one woman was holding her prayer book upside down.  After asking for their IDs, it became clear that the two were actually Arab residents of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Both women are about 30-years-old.  They were taken off the bus and detained for questioning in order to rule out any connection to terrorist activities.