The Islamic State has announced a declaration of war on the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. In a newly released video from the Islamic State, the group encourages its followers to attack Hamas.
A man accused of working with Hamas’ military wing is also executed in the video.
“Never surrender to them,” the video’s narrator said. “Use explosives, silenced pistols, and sticky bombs. Bomb their courts and their security locations, for these are the pillars of tyranny that prop up its throne.”
The Islamic State said it is declaring war on the Palestinian terror group because Hamas has itself been fighting against ISIS soldiers in Gaza. The Islamic State also said that Hamas failed to keep the U.S. from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In December, President Donald Trump announced the new capital as Jerusalem. The video from the Islamic State includes a clip of Trump’s announcement.
More violence in Gaza is now expected after the Islamic State’s announcement. Gaza is under Hamas control.
It’s also possible that the Islamic State asks supports to launch attacks into Israel and hope that Israel responds by retaliating against Hamas.
Hamas is also an Islamist terrorist organization. The group has been at war with Israel for decades because the group does not recognized the legitimacy of Israel.
The group had also previously called for the “total destruction” of Israel. Its charter has since been amended to allow for the acceptance of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
(Amanda Casanova, "ISIS at War with Hamas Following Trump’s Jerusalem Decision,” ChristianHeadlines, 2/5/18).