Why haven’t the Islamic State gone to war with Israel yet?
Written by: https://twitter.com/AbuUmar8246
To answer the question about why ISIS have not attacked Israel yet, let me explain the views of ISIS regarding the liberation of Bayt Al-Maqdis and what their plans are.
We start off with the speech by ISIS spokesman, Abu Muhammad Al-Adnaani. In a speech released in July 2013, he stated:
ولا ننسى أن نجدد العهد للأمة : ألا يطيب لنا عيش حتى نحرر أسرى المسلمين في كل مكان ، وحتى نعيد القدس ، ونرجع الأندلس ، ونفتح روما إن شاء الله
Translation: “We will not rest until every single Muslim is freed from the Tawāghit, al-Quds, al-Andalus are returned and we conquer Rome”
ISIS Statement taken from: http://alplatformmedia.com/vb/showthread.php?t=26620
You can find the speech on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RP-zOreeIE&feature=youtu.be (from 4:13)
Its an ISIS policy to liberate Al-Quds. Further proof of this is found in more recent statements. For example, this statement taken from the ISIS video “This was never our manhaj and never will be“:
Allah favoured us and opened for us the door to Jihad in Iraq, and so the Muhājirīn (emigrants) raced to come and they flocked from all sides, and thus the flag of Tawḥīd was raised, and the market of Jihad was established, and a small group of Muhājirīn and the Anṣār (supporters) engaged the mightiest force known by history with outdated equipment, with bare chests, confident of Allah’s victory, determined to establish the Law of Allah. Their bodies in Iraq, their souls in the imprisoned city of Makkah, their hearts in Bayt Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem), and their eyes upon Rome.
As well as from the video “He will surely establish for them their religion which He has preferred for them“:
So O lions in Anbār, Nineveh, Ṣalāhuddīn, Kirkūk, Diyālī, Baghdād and the south, continue to expand and to redefine the maps. For verily today you complete the hope of the oppressed in all lands, and verily the prisoners await you in Baghdād, in Rūmiyyah (Lebanon), in Aleppo, in Al-Ḥā’ir (Saudi Arabia) and in Abū Zaʿabal (Egypt). And verily you have an appointment in Baghdād, in Damascus, in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), in Makkah and in Madīnah. Verily you have an appointment in Dābiq, in Al-Ghūṭah, and in Ar-Rūm inshā’Allāh.
As well as the recent statement after the declaration of the Khilafah. On the 1st of Ramadan 1435, Khalifah Ibrahim (Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi) said:
Women who have lost their children are weeping. Masājid (plural of masjid) are desecrated and sanctities are violated. Muslims’ rights are forcibly seized in China, India, Palestine, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Caucasus, Shām (the Levant), Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Ahvaz, Iran [by the rāfidah (shia)], Pakistan, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco, in the East and in the West.
So raise your ambitions, O soldiers of the Islamic State! For your brothers all over the world are waiting for your rescue, and are anticipating your brigades. It is enough for you to just look at the scenes that have reached you from Central Africa, and from Burma before that. What is hidden from us is far worse.
So by Allah, we will take revenge! By Allah, we will take revenge! Even if it takes a while, we will take revenge, and every amount of harm against the ummah will be responded to with multitudes more against the perpetrator.
See also this statement from one of the Kosovo Albanian commanders in ISIS:
The Islamic State (ISIS) also have branches in Gaza. Although they have not engaged in sustained campaigns yet against Israel due to issues with Hamas and logistics supplies and entry routes for fighters, these groups continue to work in Gaza and Palestinian refugee camps training Palestinian mujahideen in fighting, getting them experience of fighting and bomb-making in Syria and Iraq, as well as cementing the position of ISIS in Gaza:
Here is a picture of some of the ISIS mujahideen in Gaza:
Then there are the words of ISIS fighters:
The ISIS position is that they want to consolidate their positions in Syria and Iraq before they move into Jordan and Lebanon. This is because it is well-known that fighting Israel in a full-scale war with proper weapons of war as ISIS have is not possible if they do not take over Jordan, and possibly Lebanon. This is because they need that land to transport their heavy weaponry such as their tanks, howitzers, hummers, APCs, bomb-making engineering workshops and associated machinery, and of course, their soldiers.
Its well-known however that Jordan and Lebanon are client states of America and that they have secret agreements with Israel to protect Israel from “terrorists”, so any full-scale war on ISIS would be hampered by the Jordanian and Lebanese army attacking ISIS from behind. So it makes sense to get rid of those regimes first before fighting Israel face-to-face. And we know this will happen as the ahadith say we will fight the Dajjal in the Israeli city of Lod.
We look to the example of Salah ad-Din (RH) who did not fight the Crusaders until he conquered what is now Syria and the Mesopotamian areas such as Jazira from the Muslim Zenghid Dynasty. This is because the Muslims, like now, were not united and the jamaah of the Muslims was not one, and we could not fight the Crusaders unless we had a united front. One Muslim leader who had the intent but not the land and resources (Salah ad-Din), and another Muslim leader in Damascus who had the land and resources, but did not want to disrupt the status quo and did not want to jeopardise his power and lifestyle for the sake of liberating Bayt Al-Maqdis.
We need to unite the Muslims lands of Sham and Iraq as a united front, and only then can we fight Israel in a full-scale war and liberate Bayt Al-Maqdis.