Sayyaf Sharif Daoud, a captured Islamic State fighter who holds Israeli citizenship, told BBC correspondent Feras Kilani on BBC Arabic (UK) earlier this month that he had joined ISIS instead of the Palestinian resistance because his experience of having lived through the Second Intifada, and living in the West Bank and in Israel had taught him that Israel “has not done 1 percent of what [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad has done.”

He explained that despite the fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, Israelis have never raped women or killed people brutally like those affiliated with the Assad regime.

Daoud also said that his father had warned him against joining Hamas and Fatah, and expressed regret at having joined ISIS. He said he hopes that Israel will take him back so that his life can return to normal.

He added that Israel is a democracy in which he has not seen injustice, and in which Arabs and Jews live together and are treated equally.