Israeli Military Official: ISIS to Attack Israel within Six Months

A senior Israeli military official believes that Islamic State will try to carry out an attack on Israel’s southern border with Egypt within the next six months, according to a report by The Telegraph.

“It could happen today, tomorrow, in a month but within the next six months we will come into an engagement with Wilayat Sinai,” the officer told the British newspaper. “In the next six months they will try to carry out an attack and try to do something against Israel.”

Wilayat Sinai, an ISIS affiliate operating in the Sinai, has been stealing from the Egyptian military and has at least one Egyptian M60 tank and missiles that can hit targets from three miles away, according to the official.

Israeli and Egyptian military work together on the shared border, which has been quiet since 2012. In August 2012 jihadists attacked an Egyptian base killing 16 police officers and breaking through the Kerem Shalom border crossing in Israel with the intent of attacking a nearby kibbutz. The terrorists, in an armored car, were finally stopped by Israeli soldiers before they could reach a civilian area.

At the time, the group was known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the Supporters of Jerusalem, and was linked with al-Qaeda. In 2014 the group pledged allegiance to ISIS and is believe to be significantly better equipped than it was four years ago.

ISIS regularly threatens to carry out attacks against the Jewish state, but until now has not save for a few Palestinian attackers who may have been inspired by the jihadist group. In August, Wilayat Sinai reiterated its threats.

“Oh Jews, wait for us. The punishment is severe and soon you will pay a high price,” a jihadist said in a video.

Wilayat Sinai may eventually be pressured to carry out its threats against Israel, the Israeli army officer warned.

“Many terrorist organizations use Israel as a prop but, for these statements to have any content or not be seen as empty, something must eventually happen in the field,” he said.