Palestinian members of the Islamic Jihad terror group, which is backed by Iran. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File) AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File
Islamic Jihad

While the perpetrators of two recent deadly attacks in Israel pledged allegiance to ISIS, certain experts believe different terror organizations are directing the atrocities.

By United with Israel Staff

On Sunday, two 19-year-old members of Israel’s Border Police were killed in cold blood in Hadera by terrorists who recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), a brutal terror organization known for committing horrific atrocities throughout the Middle East.

The murderers launched their deadly attack just days after another terrorist killed four Israelis in Beersheba. This terrorist also identified himself as a devotee of ISIS.

In both attacks, the terrorists were eliminated immediately – in Beersheba, by a pair of brave civilians who used their own handguns to shoot the attackers.

While the terrorists in both attacks had claimed affiliation with ISIS, security experts have posited that other terror organizations could be the ultimate puppet-masters orchestrating the atrocities.

On Monday, TPS reported that Orit Perlov of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University rejected the notion that the March 2022 ISIS attacks in Israel were “copycat or individual events,” arguing instead that “social networks and discourse” in the Arab world indicates “that the events are directed and funded by Hamas.”

“The social media campaigns to promote terrorism began two and a half months ago and were aimed at Israeli Arabs known as ‘al-Palestine al-Dahal’ (the Palestinians inside) ahead of Land Day, marked this weekend, and the Muslim month of Ramadan,” reported TPS, paraphrasing Perlov’s comments.

Hamas, for its part, cheered the Hadera attack, calling it a “heroic act that constitutes a natural response to the crimes of the Zionist enemy.”

In March alone, Muslim terrorists have committed nine attacks, killing six Israelis and injuring 25 more.

While Perlov sees Hamas as the force behind these attacks, experts cited by the UK’s Jewish Chronicle (JC) commented that Iran is driving the recent spike in jihad propaganda online demanding brutal “resistance” attacks on Israelis.

Among the evidence presented in the JC report is the fact that Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah were trained by an Iranian group to manipulate social media to promote Jew-hatred.

The report also identified connections between a Palestinian outlet called the Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) and Iran’s Islamic Culture and Guidance Bureau, which is a propaganda outlet of the Quds Force, an arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Meanwhile, watchdog Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has identified the Palestinian Authority itself as the “driving force behind the recent wave of stabbing attacks since the start of March in Israel,” pointing to the repeated calls by PA head Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Party for “popular resistance,” which is “the PA term for knife and car-ramming terror.”

“To show their support for terror, not only didn’t the PA condemn any of the previous attacks – it publicized unqualified support for the terrorists, and condemned Israel for killing them to stop the attacks,” stated a report from PMW.

Israel remains on high alert for future ISIS-related attacks, in addition to bracing for the sharp annual rise in terror attacks that accompany the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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