I’m gleaning two main learnings from Matt Friedman’s article. Firstly, that this conflict involves multiple interconnected players, geographies and conflicts that are important to take into account. By narrowing our focus to Israel and Palestine as the only two players involved, our understanding of the problem and ideas for solutions will be skewed. In the article’s comment sections, many readers thought this thesis was a convenient way to avoid the oppression of Palestinian people.
Secondly, peace in this region didn’t preceded Israel’s existence and won’t begin again with Israel’s absence. Friedman is saying that the idea that peace is all in the hands of Israel and relies solely on their actions doesn’t take into account the tensions in the region. People in the comments section seemed to miss this point and say “I think the Palestinians would be happy simply to have their land back and to live peacefully on it.”