The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) is not on the terrorist list, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, hours after US President Donald Trump threatened the terror group.
The United States has designated ISIL a terrorist organization and will seek to remove its funding and support for terror groups.
Netanyahu also said the Islamic state will never be tolerated in the region.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been designated a global terrorist organization by the United States, France, the European Union and many others.
Israel considers the terror organization to be an extension of Iran’s influence in the Middle East and has been targeting the group with airstrikes.
Trump’s comments followed criticism of the White House for a decision to cut off payments to the terrorist group.
The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday also froze some of its financial aid to the group.
The move is meant to help prevent it from getting into the arms of the group’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, which is fighting to oust Assad.
It was unclear what would happen to the funding to Nusra, which the Treasury Department considers a terrorist group, but the administration said it was making the decision on the basis of its intelligence.
The Treasury also said it had determined the Islamic group’s funding was linked to the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and that it was a threat not just to Israel, but to its allies and its allies in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.