The Sabra Institute was extremely influential in helping me form my opinions about Israel. The bi-weekly lessons helped provide me with the crucial historical background leading to the current status quo in Israel, giving me an unbiased look to history. We also had various debate and rhetorical lessons which helped me articulate my views persuasively in a public setting. Most importantly, the trip to Israel cemented everything we developed over the year. Seeing all the historical and current focal points of the Israeli Palestinian conflict in person helped me filter out all the bias and see things on the ground, in their raw form. This will undoubtedly help me understand the conflict and effectively advocate for Israel in college in the coming years.