Israel is an oasis of stability in the volatile Middle East. In the midst of this volatility, the Jewish state faces threats on all of her borders. The IDF's blog takes a look at five of the terror groups who pose the greatest threats to Israel and her people:
ISIS in the Sinai
In 2011, a number of Salafi Islamist groups in the Sinai Peninsula banded together to establish Jama’at Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or “Supporters of the Holy House [Jerusalem].” Positioned on our southern border, they carried out numerous terror attacks, many of them against Israeli civilian and military targets. In November 2015, they pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, rebranding themselves “Wilayat Sinai,” or “The Sinai Province” of ISIS...
Founded in 1987, this Islamist Palestinian terror group rules over the Gaza Strip, on our southwestern border, and aspires to take over Judea and Samaria. They took power in 2007 after a violent struggle with the Palestinian authority. They’ve proudly claimed responsibility for many suicide bombings, rocket and mortar attacks, kidnappings of soldiers and civilians alike, shootings, and other acts of violence, primarily targeting civilians...
Hezbollah is one of the world’s most active terror groups. Based in southern Lebanon, they’re mostly funded by their Shi’ite ally, Iran. Their laundry list of global terror includes hijackings, large-scale bombings, firing missiles at civilian targets, and weapons smuggling. They’ve carried out terror attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets from Israel to Argentina, from Bulgaria to Turkey. Currently, their major focus is the ongoing civil war in Syria, where they’re supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. As Assad’s ideological ally, they’re fighting Jabhat Fatah a-Sham, ISIS, and various rebel groups. While their focus is on Syria, they boast of a arsenal of at least 100,000 rockets directed towards Israel.