President Obama insists on calling the terrorists ISIL instead of ISIS because of his contempt for Israel, our treaty partner.
Why? We are at (cough, cough) war with ISIS and other Islamic States. ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
But, ISIL means the ISIS area as well as the Levant region which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and part of southern Turkey.
We are not at war with Israel – ever. It is the fatherland of the Christian faith and the only democracy in the Middle East. And we should be cautious about Turkey which is our sometime-friend.
Wikipedia has more on this subject. Lastly, ISIS is an Egyptian goddess, and we certainly don’t have any love of false religion, even the kind that doesn’t kill off its enemies.