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|Martin Barillas||September 13th 2014|
Cutting Edge Contributor
Thousands of Israeli Arabs convened in Umm el-Fahm on Septemer 12 for a rally organized by the Islamic Movement in Israel to express their opposition to the radical Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or Caliphate. Israel Radio cited the leader of the Islamic Movement's hardline northern branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, as stating that he is dead set against the extremist Islamist group that has conquered parts of Syria and Iraq and aims to overun the entire Middle East.
However, Salah noted that he also opposes the coalition led by President Barack Obama, who has pledged to "destroy" the Islamic State with military action, including air strikes in Iraq and Syria. The Arab Muslim leader said that such military action against Islamic State fighters threatens the Arab world.
Also speaking at the march held under the banner "Al-Aqsa is in Danger" was Mohamed Zidan: the head of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee. He blamed the United States and Israel for supposedly creating the Islamic State. He said that the U.S. is funding the terrorist organization on which the U.S. has declared war.
White House spokesperson Josh Earnest averred on September 12 that the U.S. is indeed at war with the Islamic State in the same way it is with al-Qaida, but he stressed this is very different from the last time the U.S. went to war in Iraq. "In the same way that we are at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIS. But make no mistake when I say we, I'm not talking just about the United States. I'm talking about this broader international coalition that includes Sunni-led governments in the region and our allies around the world who are united in confronting this threat," Earnest said using an alternate name for Islamic State.
The statement came after President Barack Obama spoke on September 10 in a prime time address to the American people in which he described his plan to build an alliance to root out Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, plunging the United States into two conflicts in which nearly every country in the Middle East has a stake.
On September 11, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared Israel's support for the United States' plan for united action against Islamic State.