The biggest question about ISIS that no Serious Person is asking is why hasn’t Israel been targeted by these lunatics?
Like France, Israel has a large population of disaffected minorities, i.e., Israeli Arabs who are treated worse than their French Arab counterparts. This population should theoretically serve as a large pool of potential extremists in Israel from which ISIS can gain recruits.
Furthermore, if ISIS is really out to avenge the crimes wrought upon Syria and Iraq by the West, the biggest culprit is Israel by far. After all, Israel was the main proponent of attacking Iraq and the most rabid American neocons pushing for the 2003 Iraq invasion in the Bush administration were all card-carrying zionists. And Israel’s long standing strategy to destabilize Syria in order to weaken its last remaining geopolitical opponent in the Levant, i.e., Bashar al-Assad, is well known, as they have been bombing the Golan Heights and parts of the Syrian infrastructure for years, long before other Western forces got involved.
Additionally, if we are to believe that ISIS is driven mainly by theological concerns and a drive to play out the “Signs of the End of Times,” as some analysts like Graeme Wood have argued, then Jerusalem and a final conflict with militant Jews play one of the most prominent parts of traditional Islamic eschatology. Why does ISIS not seem to care about these facets of the traditional Islamic account of the apocalypse?
Despite all this, ISIS has paid little to no attention to Israel, let alone threatening “storms” and “waves” of destruction upon that country like it has done for others. (Edit: They’ve even made a beheading video threatening Japan, of all places!) Even the handful of threats that have been made have been passing and have mostly focused on Hamas and Fatah. Arguably ISIS has been more belligerent toward these Palestinian groups than it has been toward Israel, which is curious to say the least. Factor in ISIS’s ongoing war against Hezbollah and it becomes clear that virtually all of Israel’s regional enemies coincidentally are also ISIS’s enemies.
Given these factors, we would expect Israel to be ISIS’s number one priority and the centerpiece of its genocidal, murderous fervor, at the very least in rhetoric if not action. But it is not, not by a long shot, and that is something for inquiring minds to mull over.
Edit: Just to clarify, what is bizarre first and foremost is the lack of rhetoric. Even if ISIS has no intention of attacking Israel for strategic or practical reasons, why not just be belligerent? If we know anything about Middle East politics, at the very least, there is massive PR value ISIS could gain throughout the Muslim world by merely portraying themselves as being enemies of Israel. The fact that they are not doing this for even the sake of recruitment is a big question mark especially in light of how they have been so indiscriminate with who they have been provoking: the US, Europe in general, Australia, Canada, Russia, Iran, even China and Japan. Even Haaretz of Israel wonders why Israel somehow gets a pass, and the author all but states that it is because Israel and ISIS are de facto strategic partners.