In its first-ever Hebrew-language video, which was posted online this week, the Islamic State terror group addressed an Israeli audience, warning that “no Jew will be left [alive]” once its fighters conquer Jordan and arrive at Israel’s borders.
“This is a message to all the Jews, who are the Muslims’ No. 1 enemy,” says a masked man in green fatigues in fluent, if slightly Arabic- and French-accented Hebrew.
“The real war has not even begun and everything you have experienced so far has been child’s play — [it is] nothing compared to what will happen to you soon enough, inshallah [God willing],” he warns.
“We promise you that soon, not one Jew will be left [alive] in Jerusalem or across Israel and we will continue until we eradicate this disease [Judaism?] from the world,” he goes on.
“Look at what has happened to you in a few vehicular and stabbing attacks from our brothers in Palestine,” he mocked, in reference to the spate of recent attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces in Israel and the West Bank, in which at least 10 Israelis have been killed.
“You lost your minds and started fearing every driver that sped up. You were even scared of every person carrying something in their hand. What will happen to you when tens of thousands [of Muslim fighters] arrive from across the world to slaughter you?” he asks.
“The borders of Sykes-Picot will not protect you, and like we blurred the borders between Syria and Iraq, we will do so between Syria and Jordan and then Syria and Palestine,” he says in reference to the 1916 secret agreement between France and and the UK to divide the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
“This isn’t just talk. We will advance towards you from everywhere, from the north and the south, from Sinai, from everywhere.
“We see your crimes every day and we will settle scores,” he goes on, before pulling out a knife from his vest and citing a verse from the Koran promising victory to all Muslims.
The clip comes after the terror group last week released a series of videos glorifying the wave of deadly attacks against Israelis.
The videos, bearing such titles as “Project Behead the Jews” and “Message to the Mujahedin in Jerusalem,” were uploaded from sites under Islamic State control in Syria and northern Iraq. Some of the videos spread on social media and were accompanied by the hashtag #BeheadtheJew.
“I recommend that you take the path of Jihad, which God tells you to follow, I bless this jihad against the Jews. Strike fear in their hearts, they are the enemies of God,” a fighter says in one of the videos, according to a translation by the i24 news site.
“A victory is coming to the mujahedin of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] from above, you are the ones who start but we will continue it,” another Islamic State member says as he holds an automatic rifle.
In another one of the videos, a fighter criticizes Hamas and Fatah for not taking enough action against the Jews in Israel. “Both [Palestinian groups] only care about their own interests and some are even agents of the crusaders and the Jews,” the man says.
“Hurry up and save your brothers, don’t wait for the Arab leaders to help you.”
The videos also seemed to highlight the rift between the Islamic State and the Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas. “We will uproot Hamas and the secular factions,” another fighter can be heard saying in a different video. “We take you to task. Hamas and all secular factions will surrender to our will and Sharia law will be the rule in Gaza.”
Earlier this month, Israeli security forces arrested three people in northern Israel accused of plotting attacks for the Islamic State terror group in August, according to the Shin Bet security service. A fourth man, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison, was also charged with joining the organization, Israeli officials said, while three others were charged with aiding the terror cell.
Though Israeli security forces have claimed that more than 40 Israeli citizens have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State, that terror cell was the first IS affiliate discovered within Israel.