The Times of Israel reports:
|The New ISIS Map
In a video published Tuesday, IS accused the Islamist Hamas of being soft in enforcing religious law in the Palestinian enclave it controls.
“We will uproot the state of the Jews [Israel] and you [Hamas] and Fatah [in the West Bank], and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be overrun by our creeping multitudes,” a masked Islamic State member said in the recorded message addressed to the “tyrants of Hamas.”
The rule of Sharia [Islamic law] will be implemented in Gaza, in spite of you. We swear that what is happening in the Levant today, and in particular the Yarmouk camp [in Syria], will happen in Gaza,” he said, in reference to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus.Overrun by their "creeping multitudes"?
Well, that does, indeed, sound creepy.
Israeli Intelligence minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) told a security conference Tuesday that despite the tensions between the two, Hamas and IS were cooperating in the Sinai Peninsula, which has seen an uptick in violence since the overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.Meanwhile there are also reports that ISIS has clashed with the Egyptian military in the worst fighting in the Sinai since 1973.
Why the western powers, not to mention the eastern powers and all other powers, allow this group to operate is astonishing to me. The West does not want war, but all these people do is war. That is their entire reason to be. They honestly believe that Allah wants them to wage war against the infidel and so they are waging war against the infidel. Of course, to ISIS everyone who is not a member of ISIS is, essentially, an apostate, which is why they can even consider their brothers-in-hatred, Hamas, to be filled with non-believers who must be hunted down and destroyed.
The Islamic State, therefore, is going to continue beheading people, burying children alive, raping prepubescent girls, and destroying humanities heritage of classical antiquities until such a time as they are stopped.
Either that or we simply have to live with these murderous scum, and their Hamasnik semi-enemies / semi-allies, threatening everything and anything that is decent on this planet.
Political Islam, as a whole, is the enemy of humanity and obviously a direct enemy to the western liberal tradition. It is also at the root of ongoing Koranically-based Muslim hatred toward Jews.
Among all the big mistakes that Barack Obama has made as president of the United States, perhaps the biggest was in accepting political Islam as a legitimate actor on the world stage that could be partnered with. Obama tried to partner with the Muslim Brotherhood, but that deal went kaput due to the fact that the Egyptian people have enough common sense and general human decency that they did not wish to be ruled over by theocratic fascists. Failing that, Obama is hoping to partner with the ayatollahs in Iran in the ridiculously naive belief - one assumes - that a stable nuclear Iran will represent a moderating force in the region.
What former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, suggests in Ally - and my view on the book will be published by the Jewish Press this Sunday along with my regular Sunday column for the Elder - is that Obama was influenced by post-colonial theorists, such as Edward Said, who unjustly present the tensions as one between a violent and racist western imperial machine versus pastoral-Arab indigenous people who want nothing so much in this world as to tend their ancient and sacred olive groves in peace.
I am exaggerating a tad, but you get the point.