ISIS features Netanyahu in official magazine

Netanyahu is featured in a glossy spread of the Islamic State’s official monthly magazine, Dabiq, which saw fit to run a blurb from the premier’s interview with CBS News.

December 30, 2014 14:11
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Netanyahu article in ISIS magazine Dabiq

Netanyahu article in ISIS magazine Dabiq. (photo credit: ARAB MEDIA)


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Islamic State released its sixth and latest issue of its English-language online magazine Dabiq on Monday, which included a section highlighting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a section titled, “In the Words of the Enemy,” the magazine quotes Netanyahu discussing Islamic State at length in an interview he gave to CBS News show “Face the Nation” in October.

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One portion included was when Netanyahu was asked if he sees Islamic State as a threat to Israel. The Israeli prime minister responded: “Absolutely. I mean, ISIS [Islamic State] has got to be defeated because it is doing what all these militant Islamists are trying to do. They all want to first dominate their part of the Middle East and then go on from there for their twisted idea of world domination.”

Another quote found in the magazine was the premier's response to a question if the Jewish state would get more involved in the war against Islamic State.

“We are ready to support and help in every way that we are asked to do,” Netanyahu said.

The section seems to be a propaganda effort by the terrorist group to play up its image as a staunch opponent of Israel, even though the group so far has been focusing on the war on the ground in Syria and Iraq, and not on the Jewish state.

The publication also praised the attack that was carried out in Sydney earlier this month by Man Haron Monis, “a Muslim who resolved to join the mujahidin of the Islamic State in their war against the crusader coalition.”

Man Haron Monis, a self-styled sheikh, held hostages at gunpoint at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place, a central Sydney shopping and office precinct.

Two hostages, cafe manager Tori Johnson and lawyer Katrina Dawson, were killed along with Monis when police stormed the cafe.

Monis did not travel to the Islamic State to join the fighting, said the article, but struck the infidels “where it would hurt them most – in their own lands and on the very streets that they presumptively walk in safety.”

Dabiq also highlighted actions in Sinai by the Islamic State-affiliated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis against the Egyptian government. It highlighted the killing of American oil worker William Henderson that the Sinai-based terror group claimed.

Dabiq included the pictures originally released by Bayt al-Maqdis of Henderson’s passport and two photo identity cards.

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