The Islamist militant group Islamic State purportedly urged its fighters and Muslims in general to attack Jews and Jewish settlements in an audio recording released on Monday, that is said to feature the voice of spokesman Abu Hamzah Al-Quraishi.
In the recording, the voice said the group wanted to make the "Deal of the Century" fail, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, expected to be unveiled later on Monday.
The message was released by the group's al-Furqan media.
In a recording, the speaker said that the U.S. and other countries thought that if they eliminated IS leader Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi, the entire organization would be liquidated.
"But we are still here and preparing," said the recording, "to start a new phase - hitting Israeli targets."
Appeals to activists of the organization were heard, "and especially to those in Syria and Sinai."
"I urge you to go out and work against the Jewish settlements and markets. Make them your experimental field for your weapons and your chemicals and missiles," the recording was heard to say.
Referring to the Trump peace plan, the recording said: "Muslims living in Palestine, you will be at the forefront of the fight against Jews."
"You will be at the forefront of destroying their schemes and their 'Deal of the Century'," the recording added.
"Today we have begun a new phase in our struggle with you, our eyes are on Jerusalem."
First published: 16:25, 01.27.20