Lending credence to the theory that ISIS operates as a strategic asset of the Israeli Mossad, Libyan security forces have arrested an ISIS leader in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi – who just so happens to be a Mossad agent.
The man arrested, Ephraim Benjamin, was allegedly an Israeli Mossad agent who began his operation following the 2011 toppling of the Libyan government that resulted in the murder of Libyan President Moammar Ghaddafi.
The Mossad agent reportedly held a leading position in ISIS after mingling with Libyans during the fall of Ghaddafi.
He then became a prominent imam of a large mosque in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, before becoming an ISIS leader who commanded a contingent of upwards of 200 terrorists.
Known in Libya as Abu Hafs, the Mossad agent was arrested and accused by Libyan authorities of gathering intelligence information for the Israeli government.
It is believed that Benjamin, aka Hafs, was a Mossad “Arabist,” which are undercover Israeli spies with Arab features, and who speak fluent Arabic in local dialects.
Libyan media outlets describe Benjamin as the “Mossad sheikh” who was arrested by local authorities.
The Mossad has a long history of utilizing “Arabists” to infiltrate Palestinian protests and arrest demonstrators as well as assassinating Palestinian anti-occupation activists.
Inian Merkazi cited the incident as evidence used by Arab media to justify the argument — popular in much of the Arab world — that Israel is complicit in the rise of ISIS in the region and uses the group as a strategic asset.
The fact that ISIS has never so much as attempted an attack within the state of Israel bolsters that line of thinking.
ISIS is popularly believed to have begun official operations within Libya in February of 2015 by beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in the city of Sirte, but operations were believed to have been committed by the ISIS terrorist group prior to that date.
A 15-page report by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the work of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force revealed that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) maintained regular contact with the Islamic State since May of 2013.
While initial reports by the IDF claimed they provided medical care for civilians on the Israeli-Syrian border, UN observers confirmed direct contact between ISIS and IDF soldiers – which included, but was not limited to, medical care.
These activities in concert seem to indicate a coordinated and ongoing support of ISIS by Israel. Essentially, the Israelis are utilizing ISIS as a proxy force in an effort to topple the Assad government.
For those not understanding why Israel would support ISIS, it comes down to geopolitical strategy. The Israeli government perceives allies Iran and Syria as direct threats to the Jewish state, as both maintain significant regional military capabilities and political clout.
In this particular circumstance support for the ISIS equates to Israel eliminating geopolitical rival Syria – under Bashar al-Assad – which would then negate Iranian influence in the region.
It comes down to the simple fact that ISIS is a useful tool for Israel to impose its geopolitical will, without having to directly involve themselves in a hot conflict, thus seeming as if they are uninvolved in the conflict.
While states such as Israel and the USA often loudly proclaim to be against terrorism, in reality, both governments utilize terrorist groups, such as ISIS and al-Qaeda, to undermine governments they wish to overthrow or gain influence within.
Once the Syrian government has been toppled, and Iranian influence on the Israeli border largely negated, Israel could then set its sights on the Islamic State – provided they were no longer of use to the Jewish regime.
True Activist / ABC Flash Point News 2019.