Former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, General Gadi Eisenkot, revealed that Tel Aviv attacked ISIS in 2015 and killed hundreds of its members in a military operation.
In 2015, there was an event in a specific place in which we were asked to carry out an attack. We carried out a very large attack that injured many elements. Islamic State organization.
“The campaign against ISIS has been intense and far exceeds that of any other country,” he added.
Eisenkot said, “Our enemies saw the amount of operations we carried out against ISIS, and the Russians saw it, as well as the Americans. What we carried out in terms of operations against ISIS in the Middle East was very large.”
Towards the end of 2015, a German journalist spent 10 days with the Islamic State, and said that the extremist jihadist group that has seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq “has been deterred by only one country in the Middle East, Israel.”
In an interview with the British Jewish News, journalist Jürgen Todenhofer spoke about his short time with the group, during which he held conversations with ISIS fighters.
According to Todenhofer, ISIS expressed clear fear of Israel and the strength of the Israeli army.
In August 2022, it was revealed that the Shin Bet (the Israeli security agency) had arrested two Israeli Arabs “loyal to ISIS from Umm al-Fahm on suspicion of intending to carry out terrorist activity for the organization,” according to a representative of the agency.