Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rivlin: The Islamic State is already here, within Israel

President Reuven Rivlin addressed on Monday the ninth annual Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference, and focused on the threat of terrorist organizations, in particular the Islamic State (ISIS), among the Israeli Arab population.

"The Islamic State is already here, that is no longer a secret. I am not speaking about territories bordering the State of Israel, but within the State itself,” said the President, “Research studies, arrests, testimonies, and overt and covert analyses – many by the INSS – clearly indicate that there is increasing support for the Islamic State among Israeli Arabs, while some are actually joining ISIS.”

He described the growing sympathy with ISIS on social media, while more moderate individuals feel threatened. “Anyone familiar with Arab society knows that in recent years there has been considerable radicalization on the issue of the implementation of the Sharia law – even in areas and groups identified as secular, we are today seeing the influence of extremist ideas.” (READ MORE)