Rivlin: Israel Has a 'Responsibility' to Fight IS

President Reuven Rivlin says fight against ISIS is 'complicated,' but vital in terms of 'global responsibility.'

Tova Dvorin, Chicago,

President Reuven Rivlin
President Reuven Rivlin
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Israel has a "responsibility" to stop Islamic State (IS; formerly known as ISIS), President Reuven Rivlin stated Friday.

"Fighting evil, in the form of ISIS and those like it, is not simple," Rivlin stated, at an event honoring fallen Druze soldiers held in the village of Muhraka. 

"The West has already understood that it could not sit back and let these horrible forces rule, and we hope to combat this nightmare - and make it clear to everyone that there is no future for terrorism," he added. 

"In this vein, not only is all Israel responsible for each other, but all countries are responsible for each other; the whole world is responsible [for responding to terror]." 

Israel has expressed both confidence and cooperation regarding IS, stating that it would be able to tackle the threat despite the many other terror organizations looking to attack Israel closer to its borders. 

On Thursday, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro confirmed that Israeli intelligence agencies are working with Washington to fight the terror group in Iraq and Syria, as part of an ongoing effort by over 40 countries to combat global jihad.

Hours earlier, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed to fight Islamist extremism in general, including against Iran and Palestinian terror groups. 

“Clarity and courage, alliances as broad as we can make them with those who understand that we're in a common battle, and courage to see this through, to roll back an ultimate victor," he noted. "I'm confident that militant Islam will perish, but we must not allow anyone to perish with it before it goes down. That's our task.”

Israel's Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino also stated recently that all local terrorists found to be supporting IS would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, after Israeli Arabs told Channel 2 that they hoped to see Israel under the "Caliphate." 

“Over the last few days I have instructed police to act sternly against any display of support, in any way, with this murderous organization," Danino said. "That includes posting notices, waving flags and banners, posting messages on Facebook and other online service. ISIS is a terror organization, and its supporters will be treated harshly." 

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)




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