Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.
This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.
Other Israeli officials have tried to present their position on Syria as one of neutrality, though Maj. Gen. Alon insisted that any acrimony toward Iran did not extend toward Israel viewing ISIS, a major Iran enemy, as anything but another regional enemy.
So far, ISIS hasn’t attacked Israel, but they too have insisted this is purely coincidental, with recent ISIS statements suggesting that they intend to start targeting Israel in the near future.
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