Palestinian Jihadist Claims Islamic State Planning to Encircle Israel’s Borders
The Islamic State group is determined to move closer to Israel’s borders, Gaza-based Palestinian jihadist and IS supporter Abu Baker Almaqdesi told Breitbart Jerusalem in an interview.
Addressing a recent attack against a monastery in Sinai in which an Egyptian police officer was killed, Almaqdesi said, “It’s clear that the goal of the brothers is to close in on all sides in the direction of occupied Palestine and fight the Jews with the intent of expelling them from Islamic lands.”
Almaqdesi refers to the entire state of Israel as “occupied Palestine.”
According to Almaqdesi, despite IS’s fronts in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Afghanistan, “our guiding compass is still the liberation of Jerusalem. The Jews have benefited from the abandonment of Islam’s holy places; they did so because of the estrangement of Muslims from their faith.”
Almaqdesi also addressed the attempts of the Islamic State group to continue firing rockets from Sinai and the Gaza Strip toward Israel. “We will continue firing at the Jews and we will continue in our attempts to commit attacks with the goal of harming Jews and their government in Palestine and in all the holy places.”
According to Almaqdesi, “The war in Sinai, the consolidation in the Gaza Strip, the attempt to gain a serious hold in Jordan and of course the war in Syria, will end with the control of the Caliphate and Sharia, and will end with the liberation of the al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestine.
“Syria is important and central and its place in Allah’s Sharia is central, but al-Quds (Jerusalem) is also central … and I know that it’s high on the agenda of the brothers leading the (Islamic) State. We won’t let the Jews continue defiling the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We won’t continue to let the Jews prevent Muslims from praying at Al-Aqsa.”
Contrary to Almaqdesi’s claims, Muslims are not barred from praying on the Al Aqsa Mosque with the exception of limited periods during any high security threats when Israel temporarily may restrict Muslim male youths from the site. In general, Muslims have twenty-four hour access to the Temple Mount and mosques on the site.
In contrast, Israeli police, working with the Islamic custodians of the Mount, bar Jews from praying on the site at any time. Jews are only allowed to visit during select hours in the morning and cannot bring holy objects to the Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.
Meanwhile, Almaqdesi continued, “The Jews know that we present a challenge and the largest threat for them and so they try to use infidel Arab and Muslim leaders – even Hamas has joined the war against Islam – but they aren’t fighting against a few thousand Mujahedeen, they are fighting Allah and Allah cannot be defeated, even if the Americans and Russians or even the entire world stand behind them.”
This isn’t the first IS-aligned threat to Israel’s borders.
Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” in March 2016, Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a well-known Gaza Salafist jihadist allied with Islamic State ideology, claimed it was only a matter of time before the Islamic State’s branch in the Egyptian Sinai carries out a “big operation” in the Israeli resort town of Eilat and other parts of southern Israel.
Ansari has since been arrested by Hamas and is currently in prison in Gaza.
Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.
The West is “entering a new age of conflict” with the Islamic State and the terrorist group will also not hesitate to continue acting against Arab countries, Abu Abdullah Almuhajer, a jihadist currently living in the Gaza Strip, claimed in an interview.
Almuhajer is a senior jihadist in Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, a group that operates under the umbrella of the Islamic State’s franchise in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
“The West should know that it’s entering a new age of conflict with the fighters of the Islamic State,” claimed Almuhajer. “The Islamic State is in an open-ended offensive against the countries of infidels that are a part of the international coalition led by America and against Russia and its allies, and the attacks – like lone-wolf attacks – will increase dramatically in the coming period of time.”
According to Almuhajer, “All those involved in terrorizing Muslims and who are against the Islamic State should expect our fighters to respond with full force. The attacks in France, Belgium, America, Germany and the last attack in Syria against intelligence headquarters are only a small part of what our fighting Mujahedeen are planning against the infidel countries that are participating in the fight against our brothers in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sinai and other countries around the world.”
Almuhajer added, “America and the infidel countries won’t enjoy security as long as the Muslims in their countries don’t enjoy security and peace.”
But Almuhajer said Western countries won’t be the only ones to suffer attacks from the forces of the Islamic State. “We will continue against the traitorous and infidel regimes in Arab and Muslim countries. Without these regimes, it would be much more difficult for the crusaders to conduct the war they are waging against Muslims and against the Islamic State.”
According to Almuhajer, “We are in the midst of a campaign that will be very long. We follow the media in the West that exaggerates the harm the crusader coalition is doing to our fighters and our leaders. These hits only make us stronger and we do not doubt our faith. Allah is by our side. Justice, which is the name of names of Allah, is on our side and we have no doubt that in the end, our campaign will be victorious.”
He added, “The proof that we are not afraid and are sure of our victory is that every time that the crusader enemy’s planes don’t back up the infidel Iraqi and Shi’ite forces, or of the infidel PKK, they all feel the strength of our mujahedeen and every time the planes disappear from the skies our mujahedeen move quickly from defense to offense and return their control to points and areas that they lost, and that proves that in the absence of a backbone, and especially in the absence of American air cover, this enemy is incapable of handling our fighters.”
Almuhajer continued, “The fact that the offensive in Mosul is entering its seventh month demonstrates the fighting spirit of the mujahedeen. In turn, their fighting spirit shows the support of Allah who helps them face the armies of the strongest countries in the world and these countries are going to pay a price, a heavy price. These countries will meet the lone wolf supporters of the Islamic State and they will meet our squads while the hearts of Europe and America quiver. America and its allies opened the gates of hell against themselves. They also don’t understand that Allah said that these countries would fight against the Muslims in the Levant (Syria), that their grave would begin there and the liberation of Rome and the entire world would begin there.”