September 4, 2014 | Quoted by Erin Banco - International Business Times

Israel Stays Out Of ISIS Fight, Despite Beheading Of Israeli Citizen Sotloff

“Part of the Israeli security doctrine is not picking fights that it doesn’t want to engage in,” Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense and Democracies, a nonprofit policy research group, said. “We are not going to see blistering rhetoric out of Jerusalem in the way that we saw with Hamas during Operation Protective Edge.” For the past two months, the Israeli Defense Force has been battling Hamas militants in Gaza in a conflict, called Operation Protective Edge by the IDF, that killed more than 2,200 people.

“There is no reason to challenge ISIS if there is no direct threat,” Schanzer said. “Israel has seen the wisdom to stay above the fray as long as humanly possible.”

There is a growing suspicion among top Israeli security officials that ISIS could have cells within its borders, Schanzer said, which could push Israel to confront the ISIS threat more directly.

“There are Arab Israelis that left Israel to become members of ISIS,” Schanzer said. “There is an attempt worldwide to start to crackdown on the recruitment pipeline that has been feeding ISIS.”

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