By Hope Imaka – EMTV Online
The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) purportedly issued a warning to Israel on Saturday, with the release of an audio recording attributed to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“We are getting closer to you day by day,” Baghdadi says in the alleged message, the Associated Press reports. “Do not think that we have forgotten about you.”
“God caused the Jews of the world to gather in Israel, and the war against them has become easy. It is the obligation of every Muslim to carry out Jihad,” Baghdadi said, according to a separate report in the Jerusalem Post.
“Jews, you will not enjoy in Palestine. God has gathered you in Palestine so that the Mujahadeen can reach you soon and you will hide by the rock and the tree. Palestine will be your graveyard.”
According to various media sources, the warning had appeared on Twitter accounts that often publish ISIS statements.
The authenticity of the recording is yet to be confirmed and the whereabouts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is unknown, with rumours circulating of him being gravely injured in coalition airstrikes.
Baghdadi also denied that air strikes from U.S. and Russia had weakened ISIS in Syria. Baghdadi is supposed to have said caliphate is doing “well” despite attacks by the international community.
“Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets,” Baghdadi said.