Fundamentalism is the Mirror Image of Zionist Fundamentalism
This blog has carried a number of articles on the symmetry between Israel’s ethno-religious fundamentalism with its messianic settlers and the growing ascendancy within Likud of those who believe in a Third Temple and the
destruction of the Golden Mosque.  That
symmetry meets its fulfilment in the Syrian civil war.
General Levy at the Herzliya security conference explaining why the  main enemy is not Iran but ISIS

Israel has a number of good reasons, from its perspective, to support
both Al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda group which has recently rebranded itself as Jabhat
Fatah al-Sham
and ISIS.  Zionism is
based on much the same racist and confessional ideology. 
It has reproduced itself throughout the  Middle East. 
ISIS and al-Nusra have long fed of the confessionalism and sectarianism
that the Israeli state has created.  They
also have a congruence of interests.

The Israeli military in
particular has done little to hide its view that ISIS represents a useful
factor in Iraqi and Syrian politics.  [see Israeli
Military Make it Clear that They Support ISIS

Captured ISIS tank
Israel’s main enemy in the Middle East is Iran, which it sees
as a regional competitor.  To Israeli strategists
Iran, Syria and  Lebanon form the Shi’ite
axis of evil.  It is not surprising
therefore that Israel and Netanyahu look to ISIS and Sunni states like Saudi
Arabia and Qatar as allies in the region.
It is quite clear that despite Israel’s claims that its support
for al-Nusra was only humanitarian, tending its wounded fighters, the
relationship is far deeper.  A moment’s
thought would tell you that Israel’s denials of co-operation are lies and
falsehoods.  Can you imagine that Israel would
tend Hamas fighters!
Sunni Ahmed al-Rifai shrine near Tal Afar is bulldozed

a report from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)
reveals that Israel has been working closely with Syrian rebels in the Golan
Heights and have kept close contact over the past 18 months. The report was
submitted to the UN Security Council at the beginning of the month.

The documents show that Israel has been doing more than simply treating
wounded Syrian civilians in hospitals. This and a few past reports have
described transfer of unspecified supplies from Israel to the Syrian rebels,
and sightings of IDF soldiers meeting with the Syrian opposition east of the
green zone, as well as incidents when Israeli soldiers opened up the fence to
allow Syrians through who did not appear to be injured.’

But it’s not all a one way traffic.  According to Globes, Israeli business news, Israel is or was the largest oil
customer of Isis. [SYRIA
– We Should Bomb Those Who Finance Terror – The State of Israel
Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Ambassador to USA and Intelligence Chief – believed in using Al Nusra and ISIS
Israel long gave up denying that it was intimately
involved in giving support to Al Nusral Fighters.  A number of articles documented this help.  [Israeli
Lies About Support for Al Qaeda Fighters Exposed
] and – Syrian Killed in Attack by Golani Druze Was Islamist
Fighter, Not Civilian as IDF Claimed
Fighters from the Isis group during a parade with a missile in Raqqa, Syria.

It was all revealed in Israel when
Golani Druze attacked a military ambulance carrying two wounded Al-Nusra
terrorists and killed one of them  [Druze
attack Military Ambulance Carrying al-Qaeda Terrorists

Below is a recent article reporting an Israeli think tank as claiming
that ISIS is a ‘useful tool’ to Israel’s military.
Tony Greenstein
This is not the first time that influential and
powerful Israeli figures have argued in favour of using Islamic State as a way
to indirectly attack Iran
August 27, 2016
The director of a right-wing think tank at an
Israeli university has spoken out against declared US intentions to destroy the
so-called “Islamic State” group.
Professor Efraim Inbar
argued in an article that Islamic State “can be a useful tool in
undermining” Iran.
Inbar is director of the Begin-Sadat Center for
Strategic Studies, and a professor at Bar-Ilan University, in Ramat Gan near
Tel Aviv. He is a academic of some repute in western elite circles.
The Begin-Sadat centre has some form. Another one of its
is Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli academic who once
advocated rape as a weapon of war to be used against the families of alleged
Palestinian attackers. Speaking to an Israeli radio show in 2014 he said, “the
only thing that deters them is if they know that their sister or their mother
will be raped in the event that they are caught. What can you do, that’s the
culture in which we live.”

In a mind-bending series of utterly cynical and
blood-thirsty leaps of logic, Inbar argues that Islamic State is the least-bad
of a series of enemies in the region for Israel. Considering the fact that
Islamic State has rarely (if ever) engaged in combat with Israel, there is a
certain horrible logic to his claims.

“A weak IS is,
counter-intuitively, preferable to a destroyed IS,”
Inbar wrote. “The continuing existence of IS serves a strategic purpose. Why help
the brutal Assad regime win the Syrian civil war?”
Inbar sees Iran, Syria and the Lebanese
resistance group Hizballah as far greater enemies to Israel. Although Hizballah
is now engaged in the brutal civil war in Syria on the side of the regime, it
defeated Israeli occupations forces in two wars. First of all, in a long
guerilla war to liberate the south of Lebanon. The result of that was Israel
and its proxy forces being driven out under fire in 2000. Secondly, Hizballah
fought Israel to a standstill during its brutal 2006 invasion of Lebanon.
Hizballah is a serious military force which
(before its divisive intervention in the Syrian civil war) once commanded
massive and cross-sectarian popular support all across the Arab world. It’s no
wonder then that Israel would prefer to see its guns turned against targets
other than Israel. “Hizballah … is being
seriously taxed by the fight against”
Islamic State, gloats Inbar.
And what of Islamic State crimes, which will no
doubt continue and intensify if it is not militarily defeated? No matter, says
Inbar: “the Western distaste for IS
brutality and immorality should not obfuscate strategic clarity … stability is
not a value in and of itself. It is desirable only if it serves our interests.”
These statements may be utterly morally
reprehensible, but at least they have a certain frankness to them.
Iran of course, is deemed a threat to Israel. Its
nuclear energy programme is at the heart of these claims, and hence Inbar
agitates against the deal made with Iran in regard to this. Israel once
collaborated with the US on cyberwarfare projects such as Stuxnet, which
attacked and sabotaged Iran’s nuclear energy plants. But the real threat is
Iran’s independence as a sovereign state – something neither the US global
hegemon nor the Israeli regional hegemon wish to tolerate.

“The Obama
administration has inflated the threat from IS in order to legitimize Iran as a
‘responsible’ actor that will, supposedly, fight IS in the Middle East,”
claims Inbar. A rather odd and conspiratorial
formulation considering that Iranian and Iranian-backed forces have been at war
against Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq.
This is not the first time that influential and
powerful Israeli figures have argued in favour of using Islamic State as a way
to indirectly attack Iran. In January, the then defence minister Moshe Yaalon said at a
that if he had to pick a side out of Iran and Islamic
State in Syria: “I choose the Islamic
He argued that “our greatest
enemy is the Iranian regime”.
At the same conference, former Israeli army
commander Yoav Galant argued that “developing
ties between Israel’s allies and enemies as they join forces to fight Islamic
State pose a threat to Israel,”
and that the de facto alliance between Iran
and several Western countries fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq “creates new challenges for Israel.
Their logic then, was very similar to Inbar’s.
Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, said in 2014 that Israel wants to “let the Sunni evil prevail” over the greater “evil” of Iran. Speaking in the context of a massacre of Iraqi
soldiers, he seemed to argue that Israel should allow the “Islamic State” to win.

All in all, it is quite a similar strategy to Israel’s
tacit alliance
with the extremist group formally known as the Nusra
Front – which was al-Qaeda’s formal Syrian affiliate until it spit in a recent re-branding exercise.