About four years ago, Sayyaf Sharif Daod, an Israeli Arab from northern Israel, left his village Kafr Bara to join the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organuzation. He left Israel through Turkey and on to Syria where he joined up with ISIS.
For three years he fought alongside ISIS, until he was suspected of being an Israeli intelligence agent and imprisoned for his Israeli citizenship.
In a recent interview with Saudi Arabian media outlet Al-Arabia, he turned to his family and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I made a mistake,” he confesses in the video and asks to come home.
The Arabic Channel of the British broadcaster BBC interviewed him (see video). IN his I interview, Daod told of his decision to join ISIS and not the Palestinian resistance. “I experienced the second intifada and Israel did not do one percent of what Assad has done to his own people,” he said.
He expressed his hope that Israel would allow him to return home and to return to a normal life. He stressed that Israel is a democracy, he has never experienced injustices on the part of Israel and that Israel is his home. In Israel, Arabs and Jews would live together and be treated equally.