The Times of Israel is reporting that former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has said that the Islamic State terror group “apologized” for a November 2016 skirmish with the Israel Defense Forces.
The incident in question, according to Judah Ari Gross of the Times of Israel, “took place near the Syrian border last November,” when Israeli troops exchanged fire with Islamic State affiliates. Gross goes on to report, “After a brief gun battle, the Israeli military attacked the terrorist group with airstrikes and tank fire, killing four of them.”
Ya’alon’s office refused to elaborate on the former Defense Minister’s comments, but they definitely stoke fears that Israeli foreign policy could be abetting ISIS operations in the region. Why else would ISIS feel compelled to “apologize” for a skirmish with Israeli troops?
These fears are similar in nature to those expressed following the Trump Administration’s decision to stage a “show of force” bombing on a Syrian government airfield. That bombing accomplished little other then making Syria and their allies become riled up against us. On the ground, while the U.S. and Russia — who is allied with Syria — were going at it diplomatically — ISIS was allegedly given cover to advance against Syrian government positions.
Communicating with the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, which is the name for the Islamic State affiliate in the Syrian Golan Heights region, is technically illegal under Israeli law.