On December 25, 2015, when the Islamic State was still marauding over vast swatches of territory it snatched from Syria and Iraq, a German reporter, Jürgen Todenhöfer, revealed to the world the real thing that the barbarians are afraid of.
Todenhöfer said that ISIS fears just one country in the world. No, not United States, as you might have concluded in haste, but Israel.
Yes, Todenhöfer arrived at his conclusion after spending 10 days inside ISIS territory in 2014 becoming the first and the only Western journalist to do so.
Israeli Army Merkava tanks during an exercise. The Guardian
He told the media that no Islamic State terrorist feared the US or any of the Western powers. “They are not scared of the British and the Americans, they are scared of the Israelis and told me the Israeli army is the real danger. We can’t defeat them with our current strategy. These people [the IDF] can fight a guerrilla war,” he told reporters. But it appears that the Islamic State, already losing fast to different operations involving US-backed allies, the Kurdhish Peshmerga fighters and the Russian airstrikes, will make a desperate attempt at their greatest fear itself.
Israel has now started preparing for an attack from the Islamic State on its southern border with Egypt.
According to Israel’s security experts, the attack can happen anytime in the next six months.
The Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. To the East is the border with Israel. Google Maps
Reports say that Wilayat Sinai, Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt, has been amassing an arsenal in the Sinai desert.
Wilayat Sinai has succeeded in stealing an Egyptian M60 battle tank and a supply of Russian-made Kornet missiles.
An Israeli military officer told the media: ‘It could happen today, tomorrow, in a month but within the next six months we will come into an engagement with Wilayat Sinai.” The entire region to the west of Israel is in turmoil. But even before the Islamic State was weakened by constant Russian airstrikes and a US-supported Peshmerga ground troops, they did not attack Israel despite being very close to its borders.
Islamic State controlled territory (in red) as on September 5, 2016. BBC
The last time Israel’s southern border was attacked was in 2012, when Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, now a part of ISIS, killed 16 Egyptian officers, stole two armoured vehicles and broke through Kerem Shalom border before being blown up in airstrikes by Israeli Air Force. Wilayat Sinai is far more dangerous. In October 2015, before Todenhöfer told the world who Islamic State actually feared, WS had blown off the Russian Metrojet plane killing all 224 people aboard over Sharm el-Sheikh. It was that act which prompted Russia to enter on Syrian government’s side and carry out attacks on Islamic State.