Nov. 18, 2015
The Islamic State and the Palestinians – Rhetoric vs. Reality – R. Green (MEMRI)
Despite the Islamic State’s “Slaughter the Jews” campaign on social media, which has been aimed primarily at the Palestinians, it should be stressed that the Palestinian cause is not a major issue to ISIS.
ISIS’ top priority is fighting Islam’s internal enemies – the Shi’ites and the secular regimes. It sees conquering Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, and Mecca as taking precedence over liberating Jerusalem.
Additionally, the idea of a Palestinian state goes completely against ISIS’ religious and ideological vision, based on the establishment of a caliphate under which there is no place for separate states.