A Foreign Ministry statement Tuesday that an Israeli Jew has been returned home after trying to join the Islamic State (ISIS) leaves too many questions unanswered.
The facts that are known are simple: Turkish officials, despite far from loving relations with Israel, helped nab the 21-year-old man and return him home.
The family of the unidentified youth called the Foreign Ministry last week after their son flew to Crete as a stopover before traveling to Syria, where he would have violated Israeli law by setting foot in the territory of a declared enemy state.
That’s it. Happy ending, except perhaps for the youth.
As for Turkey, it is not surprising that it cooperated because it hates the ISIS much more than it hates Israel.
And now for the unanswered questions:
Is this young man a psychiatric case? Or does he simply live in a movie, albeit a horror film?
Did the ISIS have contact with him? Did the man promise to convert to Islam? Or has he? Did the ISIS plan to show him off as a Jew having found Allah?
Did he want to chop off peoples’ heads? Was he looking for sex slaves?
Did the 21-year-old man serve in the IDF? Is he angry at Israel as an “occupier?
Foreign Ministry spokesman told The Jewish Press Tuesday:
There is nothing to add to what we already have stated.
Our heartfelt concern goes out to the youth’s family, and may no other Jewish family know such sorrow.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu