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Israeli Army Chief Says Islamic State Threats Against Israel Highlight Importance of Elite Commando Units

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IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot . Photo: IDF.

IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot . Photo: IDF.

The Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. General Gadi Eizenkot, responded on Sunday to threats against Israel made over the weekend by the leader of the Islamic State terror group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Israeli news website nrg reported.

In a ceremony marking the establishment of a new Commando Brigade, Eizenkot said that it wasn’t necessary for one to have extensive strategic or intelligence knowledge in order to understand the extent of the threats facing Israel — among them ISIS and Hezbollah in the north and the escalation of violence in the West Bank.

Alluding to al-Baghdadi’s remarks, Eizenkot stressed the value “now more than ever” of Israel’s elite commando forces — including the Maglan, Duvdevan, Egoz and Rimon units. The new brigade, which incorporates these units, was established by the IDF to confront the rising threats from irregular military forces.

Eizenkot’s remarks followed the release of a recording on Saturday in which al-Baghdadi, the so-called “Caliph” of the Islamic State, threatened Israelis that his forces would “soon meet [the Jews] in Palestine.”

“The Jews thought that we forgot about Palestine and diverted our attention from it. Never, Jews. We have not forgotten Palestine for a moment,” he said. “The leaders of the jihad fighters will surround you on a day you think is far, but we see it as close. We are coming closer to you day by day.”

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  • Ellsworth

    Maybe some of those commandos should go to wherever the Caliph is and arrest him for war crimes. What would the Europeans do if they were confronted by such an act?

  • steven L

    Deflate and destroy or destroy and deflate or destroy and destroy. One more time Israel may have to show the corrupted western world the Way Forward! Not enough to be the Start-Up nation?

  • Wm. J. Levy

    I remember a time when top army officials and Mossad heads never had their full names mentioned. Now that seems to be in the past but the danger of attack and assassination is worse than ever before in the history of the State.

    Obama is going to use Special Forces more than ever before.

    They just don’t pop out of a machine. It takes years to train SF personnel either in Israel or the U.S.

    Be Careful!

  • Reginald Uka

    No weapon that is formed against the (Israel) shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee (Israel ) in judgment thou (Israel) shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants (Israelis ) of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, (Adonai Yeshua HaMoshiac Ben HaShem) , saith the LORD. Yeshayahu 54:17.

    Baruch HaShem

  • And Israel will be ready!!

  • Geoffrey Gilbert

    Eizenkots remarks need to be communicated to the whole
    world and that includes Israels enemies. We are not here
    for your taking or your threats. We are here to stay.

  • Ak

    My fellow jews do not be afraid cos the GOD of israel never sleep nor slumber he wil watch ur going out nd coming inn so leave ur security to him