A German journalist who spent ten days among ISIS fighters came out saying the army of jihadists doesn't fear some of the biggest armies in the world, be they American or British. But as The Blaze reports, they do fear one army a bit closer to home for many:
“They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them,” journalist and former member of German parliament Jurgen Todenhofer told the U.K.’s Jewish News.
“They are not scared of the British and the Americans,” Todenhofer said. “They are scared of the Israelis and told me the Israeli army is the real danger.” He added that Israel Defense Forces can fight a guerrilla war.
Todenhofer said that the ISIS fighters he spoke with don't believe that American or British forces have the experience necessary for a fight against terrorists or city-fighting tactics, but the Israelis do. They also told him their chilling views on cleansing the area religiously:
Todenhofer told Jewish News that the Islamic State was “preparing the largest religious cleansing in history” and that while they are prepared to accept Christian and Jewish citizens in exchange for the payment of a jizya tax, the fate for Shi’ite Muslims is death.
“They kill all the Shia Muslims they can get their hands on,” he said. “I asked them… if they were prepared to kill every Shia Muslim, and they scoffed: ‘150 million or 500 million, we don’t care, it’s only a technical problem for us. We are ready to do that.’”
ISIS has recently lost ground to Iraqi and Kurdish forces supported by the American-led coalition.