‘Islamic State serves positive function (for Israel)’ – Israeli think tank

(It should be noted, Prof. David of the BESA Center has already penned a little PR “fix” to Prof. Inbar’s insightful interview in which he claims ISIS serves the interests of Israel by destabilizing Iranian “proxies” like Hezbollah and Assad in Syria.)

by RT

Professor Efraim Inbar, the director of the BESA Center, an Israeli academic think tank that has carried out studies for the Israeli government and NATO, says that Islamist terrorists can serve a strategic purpose for Western interests in the region.

Inbar published a controversial article where he argues that ISIS can play a role in undermining Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia. The think tank’s director also claims that the continued existence of the terrorist group helps ‘bad guys to kill bad guys,’ and the West should allow ISIS to exist even despite its brutality.

RT: Why do you see the continued existence of ISIS as preferable to its destruction?

Efraim Inbar: We have to recognize that the main source for instability and the main danger to peace in the Middle East is Iran. And as a result of that we should concentrate our efforts to curb the influence of Iran. And ISIS is fighting Iranian proxies – like the Assad regime – which is no less brutal than ISIS itself, as well as the Iraqi government that is basically a satellite of Iran. ..

RT: You also say you believe instability can be a positive thing. Given the number of people who’ve been killed and displaced by the conflict in Syria, isn’t that a bit of a questionable comment? 

EI: Stability is something that you want if it serves your purposes. We are living in a world in which in many places people kill people and we do not intervene in every place. In the Middle East the worst country that is committed to genocidal goal – like destroying the Jewish state – has to be stopped. And ISIS is performing this function

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4 Responses

  1. Israel has always loved ISIS… After all ISIS is the catalyst for Israel 2.0, aka Kurdistan.

    btw: ISIS attacked Turkish backed rebels in Syria- isn’t that swell for the Kurds?

    KurdIShIS.

    shakes head

  2. This last answer is a real doozy

    “EI: I don’t think that the current American administration is interested in domination of the Middle East. Actually, for the past years they’ve retreated from the Middle East. And part of the problem is because the Obama administration behaves irresponsibly; it doesn’t play its role as a great power.

    Iran, which is led by an Islamist radical ideology, should not be allowed to be part of the Middle East stability. I am ready to allow [Islamic State] to fight Iranian proxies, who are no better than ISIS in any moral consideration”

    The current administration is interested in dominating the ME, as is Israel and Obama has not retreated. Though they play a ‘lead from behind role’ rather then a as a ‘great power’ (out in the open) they are no less completely involved. And of course he will happily see ISIS (Israeli proxies) fight Iran…

    • it’s telling isn’t it? Iran is the most powerful nation in the region and some argue (like myself) they are the single most calming, stabilizing factor at play in this conflict. This guy, working for an Israeli think tank which claims to be interested in “stability” in the region is essentially saying he wants to destabilize Iran, tossing the entire Middle East into major conflict, with a proxy army of terrorists… because eventually, he seems to suggest, Israel and the West will benefit. Remarkably lucid in terms of telling the public exactly what is going on with what they call “ISIS”

      no wonder the other guy from the think tank is trying to spin it.

  3. “We have to recognize that the main source for instability and the main danger to peace in the Middle East is Iran.”

    “We have to recognize”. Professor, do you mean it’s not readily evident? Do you need to instruct us on how bad they are behaving? Are the Persians just acting peacefully? But Professor Inbut, Inbar, sorry, shouldn’t bad guys be obvious? You make it seem so complicated!

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