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Why is Israel not intervening to counter the Islamic state?
One year has passed since the formation of the US-led international coalition against the militant forces of the so-called Islamic State. While most Arab countries are participating in the coordinated efforts to uproot the jihadist threat, Israel is still absent from the list of contributing regional powers. Though frequently threatened by the Islamic state, Israel has maintained, since the beginning of the conflict, a consistent non-interventionist policy. Using interviews with three experts, this paper develops an analytical reconstruction of the reasons behind such absence, considers both the national and international factors that could explain Israel’s lack of intervention against one of the most dangerous threats the Middle East has ever faced.