One of the key takeaways I had after reading Matti Freidman’s article was the ability to view the conflict through a zoomed out perspective. He went on to talk about the issues with a zoomed in perspective and how it creates more confusion and doesn’t get to the root of the issue. I found it interesting, but not surprising, that Israel’s enemies prefer it that way because it causes the rest of the world to not understand Israel’s choices. Having a zoomed out perspective allows us to see other issues Israel faces and how many of them do not involve Palestine at all. The conflict surrounding Israel is vast, complex, and hard to grasp without a zoomed out perspective. My other major takeaway is the predicament that Israel is in with making peace with the Palestinian people. To allow Palestine to become their own nation, they are opening the door for a power vacuum which would be filled with the same type of regime that rules in Iran. To say this conflict is both confusing and complex is an understatement, but taking the time to learn the truth about it is a small step in the right direction.