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December 10, 2015 2:44 pm

Report: First-Ever Case of IDF Reservist Joining ISIS in Syria

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An ISIS militant in one of the terrorist organization's many videos. [Illustrative] Photo: Screenshot.

An ISIS fighter in one of the terrorist organization’s many videos. Photo: Screenshot.

An Israeli Arab who previously served in the Israel Defense Forces has become the latest ISIS recruit from Israel, Israeli site Walla reported on Thursday.

The man — reported to be the first Israeli citizen to have served in the IDF and joined ISIS in Syria — was from an Arab village in northern Israel. According to his army identification card, he would have been released in January 2014, which makes him in his early 20s.

According to Walla, which based its article on Arab media reports, he probably flew from Israel to Turkey, and from there traversed the vast and rather porous border to Syria. His dog tag apparently traveled with him.

Israel, like other Western nations, has seen its citizens go to Syria to join the ranks of ISIS fighters attempting to install a new Islamic caliphate.

According to Walla, some 100-150 Israelis have either been stopped by the authorities en route to — or managed to reach — Syria to join ISIS, which has reportedly enlisted tens of thousands of mercenaries from more than 100 nations around the globe.

Earlier this week, five Nazareth men were indicted for organizing a terrorist cell to carry out attacks against Israel on behalf of ISIS.

Israeli security officials have warned ISIS could try to perpetrate attacks from outside, set up terror cells among Palestinians, stage cross-border attacks, or recruit members from inside the country.

Concerns have mounted in Western nations over the return of radicalized citizens who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq for ISIS, especially after the terrorist attacks against soft targets in Paris last month that killed 130.

While Israel has been facing a wave of terrorism, most of them random stabbings of security personnel and civilians, these attacks are believed to be largely uncoordinated, and not related to any specific terror group.

ISIS-affiliated groups have claimed responsibility for some rocket attacks, mostly emanating from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

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  • Henna

    Hope they die there otherwise they will come back to do harm in their home countries.

  • Sonia

    What do muslim arabs in IDF when they are death terror enemies of Israel and wnat to kill her people ,destrioy her hoems and rob her land?

  • Still less than the number of Belgian citizens who have joined ISIS.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    The only solution to this growing problem is to revoke citizenship for these traitors and imprison them for 20 years and threaten their families with deportation.

    Israel throughout its history has had traitors including the Rumanian nuclear worker who disclosed the secrets about Dimonia, converted to Christianity and was jailed for 20 years.

    Israel cannot afford to be nice to traitors. They only need one time to win.

    • rtorw

      Mordechai vanunu was marrocan jew not roumanian, a big difference , it is important to have your facts straight..I agree traitors should get the final punishment

  • DG

    Anyone in the world can receive the best military training in the world. He just has to say “I want to join the IDF”.
    And all funded by the israely taxpayer

  • Michael Kerjman

    Is it a miracle or an Arab service in the IDF at first instance?

  • Michael Kerjman

    Is it a miracle or an Arab making it to the IDF is a wonder at first instance?

  • Andria Switzer

    Of course the individual terror incidents are associated with a terror organization. Just look at the incitement by PA and tell
    Me it isn’t a terror organization.

  • duPont

    Israel should not permit these traitors to re-enter Israel. Once they have jumped ship, they should lose their citizenship.

  • art frank

    As far as I’m concerned, most Israeli arabs are 5th columnists and should be deported to joirdan or lebanon.