Re-Blog: Is Israel ISIS?


(Originally posted 9/26/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Recently, a website published an article about an ISIS commander who was arrested in Libya only to have his identity confirmed as an Israeli Mossad agent. In the past, this website has published very questionable conspiracy theories. The site has even had to experience the humiliation of egg on the face when it made assertions that were widely believed by the public then proven to be false. The assertion was actually a hoax that was planted by another site to test their credibility. 


Once a site gets discredited in such a way, it gets labeled fake news. But does that mean everything such a site publishes is fake news? Many media sites enhance facts and details to pump up an otherwise boring story. They need fantastic headlines to generate traffic and make money. And, the sad news is that such desperate acts will inevitably lead to credibility issues. And, even sadder, there may be on staff some writers who are actually committed to journalistic integrity. 


Buried in the midst of many conspiracy theories and outright falsehoods, could be some very good journalism exposing important stories. And now those stories are lost to the public because of a few bad actors. The gringa’s solution is to continue to chase an interesting headline. Read the story and try to verify any claims. Hence, the interest in the ISIS-Mossad link story.


I had already heard rumors that ISIS was actually a joint US-Israeli operation designed to keep the Middle East destabilized for the benefit of US and Israel. But such a dark op would be practically impossible to verify with hard facts. Any government document that might offer proof would be classified. De-classification would probably never occur in the gringa’s lifetime. So, I ignored any follow-up on my suspicions until this story. Can this man’s identity really be confirmed as Israeli Mossad?


Well, the gringa has found no credible means to verify the man’s identity. The only other information offered by conspiracy theorists to prop up the “Israel is ISIS” claim is the fact that no ISIS attacks have occurred on Israeli soil. But the gringa’s not so sure if that really means anything. I mean, there are plenty of nations that have not experienced a terrorist attack by ISIS. So, lack of aggression on Israeli soil to justify accusing Israel of being ISIS would also require the same measuring stick be applied to countries like Peru, Monaco, Tahiti, etc. And the gringa’s pretty sure that none of those nations are creators of ISIS despite their lack of being victimized by ISIS.


So far, ISIS has also not declared war on Israel. The group has declared war on the United States, Western Europe, Egyptian Christians, Turkey and Taliban militants in Afghanistan. 


The only credible source that might contain evidence supporting the “Israel is ISIS” theory is a UN document. UN Secretary General published a 15 page report on the accounts of the UN Disengagement Observer Force that observed Israel’s role in the Syria-ISIS conflict. Did this report indicate any possibility that Israel was supporting ISIS or was, in fact, covertly operating as ISIS? Here are some of the facts:


– Israel has provided medical care to Syrian rebel groups based along the UN’s Syrian-Israeli 40-year cease-fire line.

– Israel has also provided these groups with unidentified supplies.

– Israel has possibly received intelligence on Syria from the rebel groups in exchange for the assistance.

– The Israeli government attests to its activities, stating that it provides medical aid to any in dire need, that they are not vetted as to belonging to any particular faction or whether they are civilians. Israel provides the humanitarian aid of medical service to any Syrian.

– As to supplies, the Israeli government states that they are humanitarian in nature, things like medicine, heaters, food, etc.


The gringa suspects that these facts have been “enhanced” by conspiracy theorists in order to craft a sensational headline and story to suggest that Israel is ISIS. But it just doesn’t make sense. 


The ultimate goal of ISIS is to build a caliphate that is strong enough to be a global power so that it can rule the world. 

Right now, it does not even hold sway over a single nation. Sooner or later, if it achieves its goals, it would get around to an attempt to wipe out Israel. So, no Israel is not ISIS.


But what about an Israeli Mossad proven to be the arrested ISIS commander? The gringa says, “So what? That doesn’t prove that Israel is ISIS.” The dear reader may ask, “Why not?”


Because that is the nature of the spy game. Becoming embedded on enemy turf as the enemy, with the hope of rising high up on the food chain, is every spy’s dream. US CIA agents do it. Russian KGB operatives do it. And so do Israeli Mossad agents. That is the spy game. When a spy gets busted, it doesn’t mean that the country represented is behind the group that spy was embedded with. It only means that one nation was infiltrated secretly by a foreign operative.


So, in the end, chase any exciting story that tickles your fancy. Keep reading. But always read smart!

Sources:

The Free Thought Project

Foreign Policy

CNN

Times Of India

Independent UK

The Atlantic

TECHarp

Image Credit: SOTT

Video Credit: Now This World

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A barrio gringa with a dream of cosmic proportions: writing to satiate my insatiable curiosity, worldwide literacy beginning with our youth, and to be the first barrio gringa to explore outer space!

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