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."- Advertisement -
"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.