Israel is the only country in the world that Isis fears, according to the first Western journalist to enter the group’s territories and survive.
Jürgen Todenhöfer spent 10 days in the so-called Islamic State last year, publishing his findings in a book.
In an interview with the Jewish News, the German reporter said Israel is not included in Isis’ planned “first stage” of colonisation in the Middle East.
“The only country Isis fears is Israel – they told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them,” Mr Todenhöfer said.
“They think they can defeat US and UK ground troops, who they say they have no experience in city guerrilla or terrorist strategies.
“But they know the Israelis are very tough as far as fighting against guerrillas and terrorists.”
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