Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 12/16/2015


The Sinister Difference Between “ISIS” & “ISIL”

Here is an explanation of the difference between the terms ISIS and ISIL. The U.S. Administration stubbornly clings to the term ‘ISIL’. Why is that?

ISIS = Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  Iraq is to the east of Jordan (shaped like the hatchet) and Syria is to the north.

ISIL = Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  Iraq is still to the east of Jordan, and “the Levant” is a term that comes from “the rising (of the sun, i.e., to the east)” – and is basically the land along the Mediterranean – that includes Lebanon, Israel, and those countries along there.

levantBut by saying ISIL, you “negate” Israel as its own country and lump it in with the rest of the countries along the Mediterranean – and Israel sort of disappears (loses its sovereignty) and becomes part of “the Levant ” – which is therefore part of ISIL.

Why does the administration use the term ISIL?  Have you ever wondered about that?

Here is the difference: What makes up the near exact center of the Muslim Levant ? Israel.

ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.  We Westerners don’t really make much of a distinction, do we? No, from our perspective it’s all about the same.  But how would a Muslim living in the Middle East view it? Just what is the Levant anyway? The geographical term LEVANT refers to a multi-nation region in the Middle East.  It’s a land bridge between Turkey to the north and Egypt to the south.

If you look on a map, however, in the near exact middle of the nations that comprise the Levant, guess what you see?

It’s Israel.

When the administration refers over and over to the Islamic State as ISIL, it is sending a message to Muslims all over the Middle East, that it personally does not recognize Israel as a sovereign nation, but as territory belonging to the Islamic State.

Now you know why the U.S. has no plan, no goal, and no stated aim for dealing with ISIS.

But there is a plan, and it’s a really nasty, diabolical one.

The plan seems to be to do only the bare minimum that Congress demands.  Are we buying “ISIL” as much time as possible to make as many gains as they can? The Islamic State has garnered millions of dollars, a vast cache of weapons, and in their latest foray have captured Syrian fighter jets and now 12 commercial passenger planes. With each passing day that we do next to nothing, the Islamic State grows by leaps and bounds. The ultimate goal, of course, has not changed and will never change.


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