Trump's Jerusalem Decision Literally Has Two Terrorist Groups Killing Each Other


President Donald Trump shook up the world with his recent announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and in the process exposed a significant portion of the United Nations as being both anti-Israel and anti-American.

But a rather unexpected and unintended consequence has also emerged in the wake of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — two major terrorist groups are now at war with each other.

According to Fox News, the Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has officially declared a state of war between themselves and Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip between Egypt and Israel.

The announcement came in a 22-minute long video in which an Islamic State group member accused of collaborating with Hamas was beheaded.

The jihadist executioner declared of Hamas, “Never surrender to them. Use explosives, silenced pistols, and sticky bombs. Bomb their courts and their security locations, for these are the pillars of tyranny that prop up its throne.”

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A major part of the violent quarrel between the two terrorist groups is the notion held by the Islamic State group that Hamas somehow failed to prevent Trump from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as if that was even within their power.

Of course, they have also taken issue with a Hamas crackdown on Islamic State group militants fomenting trouble in Gaza, as Hamas has been attempting to stay relatively quiet recently in a bid to improve relations with Egypt and the Palestinian Authority — and to a lesser extent, Israel.

The Washington Post reported that this confrontation between the two jihadist groups has been building for more than a year as the two groups have taken separate tracks in dealing with their neighbors.

As stated, Hamas has slightly moderated their tone and actions in order to avoid a direct confrontation with Israel as they patch things up with Egypt and the Palestinians in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State group in Sinai has done anything but moderate themselves, as they have indiscriminately attacked virtually everyone who stands in their way, even killing more than 300 fellow Muslims in a recent attack on an Egyptian mosque.

To be sure, the Islamic State group offshoot in Sinai doesn’t exactly have the manpower or weaponry to launch any sort of major assault on Hamas in Gaza, but they have more than enough jihadists in their ranks to infiltrate Gaza and cause trouble from within.

The biggest fear for Hamas right now is that Islamic State group militants will begin covertly launching rockets or other terrorist attacks into Israel from Gaza with a full understanding that Israel will blame Hamas for any death and destruction those attacks may bring.

Such action would undoubtedly also bring down Israeli retaliation upon Hamas, which is the last thing they want or need at this crucial moment for them in their bid to not just remain relevant and in charge, but to actually survive as an organization.

President Trump most likely had no idea that his Jerusalem announcement would spark an internecine war between two murderous terrorist groups who have sworn to destroy both America and Israel, but he has to be laughing now at the fortuitous outcome his announcement has brought.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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