The hatred of the United States and the West by Islamic extremist terrorists has little to do with U.S. policy towards Israel and the Palestinians. Indeed, their key “grievances” against the U.S. and the West would remain even were there no Israeli-Palestinian conflict or were the U.S. to sever its ties with Israel.
These extremists are ideologically opposed to everything the U.S. and the West stand for: democracy, modernism, freedom, globalism and diversity. While many of these groups profess allegiance to the Palestinian cause, their main gripes are with the American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. support for “moderate Arab regimes” such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and others that they consider corrupt and anti-Muslim. Supporters of the movement recognize that the U.S. and its allies in the region stand in the way of this ultimate goal: the establishment of a theocratic, unified Muslim state spanning the region.