MembersExclusive: Robert Spencer on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and the Abraham Accords

Israel Today speaks with leading authority on combatting jihad to get his take on recent moves toward peace in the Middle East

By Rami Dabbas | | Topics: palestinians, Abraham Accords
Masked Palestinian gunmen parade through Gaza. The conflict with Israel isn't about nationalism or land. It's about the supremacy of Islam.
Masked Palestinian gunmen parade through Gaza. The conflict with Israel isn't about nationalism or land. It's about the supremacy of Islam. Photo: Atia Mohammed/Flash90

More than a year after the launch of the Abraham Accords and the defeat it dealt to anti-Israel Islamists, we continue to explore where the region is going next. And Robert Spencer, an expert on Middle East political affairs and director of Jihad Watch, has much to say on the subject.

The author of several best-selling books on combatting the threat of jihad, Israel Today asked Spencer to comment on the Israel-Palestinian conflict and prospects for expanding regional peace in light of the Abraham Accords. He also addressed his own familial ties to the region, as well as the threat posed to America by the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Israel Today: Why does the Israel-Palestinian conflict persist after decades of negotiations?

Robert Spencer: The Palestinian-Israeli conflict would have been solved by negotiations long ago were it not for the Islamic imperative to “drive them out from where they drove you out” (Qur’an 2:191). Even though the Israelis didn’t actually drive the Arabs out, the Palestinian Arabs have made this a central point of their mythology, in order to justify...

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