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Reply To: What were some of your primary takeaways after reading Matti Friedman’s “There Is No ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’”?

Joseph Danaher

Thanks for your post, Abigail. Very well said. It’s so interesting that people bend over backwards to ensure thorough contextualization in academic research but do almost nothing for that objective when it comes to anything political. It certainly waters down the political debate, and it also leaves people’s real lives in the wake of huge misunderstandings of policy makers who have no idea what they’re talking about. I think reading and reading and reading + visiting and seeing and meeting are absolutely crucial for substantive opinions on things of world politics, which are infinitely complex, just like any person is who sees the doctor as you mentioned.