After ISIS waged its first direct attack on Israel on Sunday – when four of its gunmen opened fire on Israeli soldiers – they were obliterated by Israeli warplanes stationed along Syria’s border in Golan Heights, which is occupied by Israeli troops.
The Islamic militants targeted Israeli soldiers by launching mortars and spraying them with machine gun fire, but none of Israel’s troops were injured in the attack.
Don’t mess with Israel
In response to the barrage, the fired-upon Israeli soldiers returned fire on the ISIS-affiliated group Shuhada al-Yarmouk, who were quickly killed when Israeli warplanes waged a deadly aerial assault on their vehicle.
Israel Defense Force (IDF) Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner reported on the attack, announcing that the Israeli soldiers who were targeted by the jihadists were from the Golani Brigade.
The war-torn area around the Golan Heights – along Israel’s northern border with Syria – has been rife with conflict for some time, yet offensives against the IDF have been non-existent thus far.
“Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, stray shells have hit Israel, but [Sunday’s aggression] was the first deliberate attack on Israeli forces,” the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail reports.
Retired Israeli general Nitzan Nuriel maintains that the Islamic State’s offensive against IDF forces is a new sign of boldness by the Islamic opposition.
“A direct attack like that on Israeli activities on [the] Israeli side of [the] border – this is the first time,” Nuriel stressed.
Not a good idea …
The retired general also expressed bewilderment over what could have possessed ISIS to stage such an attack – especiall when it is ill-equipped to come out of any conflict with the IDF victorious.
“They know exactly what the Israeli response would be,” Nuriel insisted. “An Israeli front is the last thing ISIS needs at this stage.”
The Golan Heights, which sits on Israel’s border, gives the IDF – which patrols the area with tanks and other heavy military equipment – a bird’s-eye-view of the Syrian town of Quneitra, which is set in the midst of Syria’s civil war.
“Around 20,000 Jewish settlers live in the Golan Heights and are protected by several thousand Israeli troops,” the Daily Mail’s Chris Summers informed.
From his experience as a former director of Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau, Nuriel suspects that the terrorist attack on IDF troops culminated from the urging of local militants – and not from any new aggressive policy directed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the current leader of ISIS.
Don’t try it again
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the IDF soldiers for their swift action to annihilate the Islamic terrorist attackers.
“[You have] successfully repelled an attempted attack on the convergence point of three borders,” Netanyahu congratulated the responding IDF forces.
The leader of the Jewish State went on to send a clear message to any other ISIS terrorists who are contemplating an attack on Israel along it well-guarded border.
“Our forces are prepared on our northern border, and we won't let ISIS elements – or other hostile elements – use the cover of the war in Syria to establish themselves next to our borders,” Netanyahu warned.