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

Benjamin Wearp

I enjoyed the article, and the parts of the course that focused on the bigger picture, because I’ve spent a lot of time in Israel the past 8 years “zoomed in” on what’s happening in Judea and Samaria.

My primary takeaway is that an understanding of the big picture is necessary in order to be able to come up with just and feasible solutions to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. A myopic approach misses the roots of the conflict and is blind to many external factors that stoke ideologies and competing factions among the people in areas under Palestinian Authority governance.

Zooming out and looking at the struggles of the greater-Arab world, gives us a better understanding of influences and pressures Israel and the Palestinians are facing. Many outside observers have waded into the conflict without a broad understanding, which have usually resulted in more problems or wasted time. Brokers of the Abraham Accords took a different approach, sensitive to regional and historic issues, and cultural values, and began to see success.