MembersEXCLUSIVE: Daniel Pipes on the Future of Political Islam and Arab-Israeli Peace

Leading expert on Middle East and political Islam speaks to Israel Today about recent developments in the region

By Rami Dabbas | | Topics: Islam, Abraham Accords
Daniel Pipes (right) with former US President George W. Bush. Photo: Courtesy Daniel Pipes

Recent setbacks for instance in Tunisia and Morocco indicate that the Muslim Brotherhood is weakening in the Arab World. At the same time, a new culture of peace between Arabs and Israel is flourishing following the signing of the first Abraham Accords last year.

Israel Today reached out to Middle East expert Daniel Pipes, who specializes in political Islam and Israel, to shed more light on recent developments in the region.

 

Israel Today: What is the future of Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa?

Daniel Pipes: Decline. I predicted in 2013 that Islamism would begin to weaken in Muslim-majority countries; eight years later, this prediction looks quite good. Look, for example, at Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. This decline results mostly from Muslims’ negative reactions when they either personally experience the horrors of Islamism or watch others suffering; it also results from Islamist in-fighting, as in Libya and Turkey.

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