Prediction: if the Islamic State gets into a position to threaten Israel in any serious way, we will start seeing the mainstream media grow markedly sympathetic to it, with a spate of articles hailing the new “maturity” and “moderation” of the Islamic State.
“ISIS Fighters Killed by Israeli Airstrikes After Opening Fire on IDF Soldiers in Golan Heights,” by Gili Cohen and Noa Shpigel, Haaretz, November 27, 2016:
A number of ISIS fighters were killed after exchanging fire in the first direct clashes between Israel and the Islamic State on Sunday in the southern Golan Heights. In the incident, the Shuhada al-Yarmouk organization, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, exchanged fire with Israeli forces. No soldiers were wounded.
Several mortar shells exploded following a brief exchange with the IDF’s Golani Brigade before Israeli air forces spotted a car armed with a heavy machine gun. The aerial vehicle bombed the car and it appeared as if its four occupants were killed.
A senior military officer said the car carrying the machine gun was several hundred meters from the border.
“We don’t know all the outcomes of the event. There is great probability there are four dead and the heavy machine gun was destroyed,” a senior officer said. “The terrorists are from Shuhada al-Yarmouk, with all the significance that organization’s name carries. The Israeli forces didn’t lie in ambush by chance.”
The officer added that at this stage there are no special instructions for area residents.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned the incident at the weekly cabinet meeting. “I wish to praise IDF soldiers for thwarting an attack on our northern border,” he said, without going into further detail….