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Israeli Apologist Benny Morris

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He teaches Middle East studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He's one of a number of New Historians. He never met an Arab he didn't despise. He believes Jews are God's chosen people.

He writes propaganda, not history. He teaches this stuff to students. They're best advised to avoid him.

Arne Arnon is Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva Economics Professor. Joseph Zeira teaches economics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Last October, their Haaretz op-ed headlined "Answering Benny Morris: Historians should have a commitment to the truth," saying:

Morris "taught us that the official Israeli version (of history) is not always right." Later documents revealed an entirely different picture.

Morris once said historians often "forgot a basic rule of historiography: that official documents are suspect and that an effort should always be made to get to the original." 

"This is especially true in the case of an ideological national movement which is immersed in an existential conflict with its neighbors, and for which survival and victory, and not universal values of morality and justice "-(and certainly not historical accuracy"-), are the top priority."

His writing "completely discard(s) the rule which he himself laid down." With no legitimate corroborating evidence whatever, he "unhesitantingly adopted the official Israeli stance that 'there is no partner for peace.' "

"(O)ver the years, we have complied information which casts a dark shadow over (his) claims." Many sources supply it. Morris ignores indisputable facts. He's on the wrong side of history. He's "a committed propagandist."

Last September, Haaretz headlined "Benny Morris on why he's written his last word on the Israel-Arab conflict," saying:

"After 30 years, he's giving up." Nine books "left (him) with a feeling of despair. I've done all I can," he said.

"I've written enough about a conflict that has no solution, mainly due to the Palestinians' consistent rejection of a solution of two states for two peoples."

Many years ago it was possible. It longer is. Israel controls over half the West Bank and much of East Jerusalem. More is added daily. The only solution is one state for all its people. There's no other way.

Morris tried going out with a bang. He wrote a revisionist essay. "My aim is to open readers' eyes to the truth," he claimed. 

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I think the last time Iran (Persia) attacked anoth... by Phil Linehan on Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 5:58:13 PM
It is true that Morris was for a time a "new histo... by James Carlisle on Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 3:18:13 AM