'Hamas turned Sinai into a jihadist hotbed'

Middle East expert Dr. Kedar reveals ISIS's influence on the world stage, and why Israel should take Hezbollah's threat seriously.

Eliran Aharon ,

Hamas supporters near Rafah in Gaza (file)
Hamas supporters near Rafah in Gaza (file)
Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a Middle East expert of Bar Ilan University, sat down with Arutz Sheva to speak about the tumultuous situation in the region, particularly in light of the rise of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq.

Aside from its direct military conquests, ISIS is lethal due to the "atmosphere" it brews in the Middle East, said Kedar. He noted that the group encourages jihadist recruitment, with the affects being felt in the US and Europe.

ISIS has provided "an injection of motivation for the Muslims to take the knife or the rifle and to do whatever they have to do according to Islamic sharia (law)," said the expert.

Turning his attention to the Sinai Peninsula, Kedar noted how the region has been turned into a jihadist hotbed thanks largely to Hamas in Gaza, which has used its smuggling tunnels to bring a strong influence into the area.

The IDF might not have the "right devices" to counter the threat of jihadists firing missiles from Sinai, he warned.

On the northern border, Kedar mentioned the Hezbollah terror group's threats to "take revenge" on Israel over its alleged assassination of the terrorist Samir Kuntar. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to take action, and the expert warned that when he makes threats he generally is referring to an attack already in the works.

Hezbollah already tried to launch an attack on Monday, by planting an explosive on the Lebanese border that fortunately did not wound any IDF soldiers.