For the past two decades, Benny Morris – a prominent Israeli and international academic, and a leading figure in Israel’s Post-Zionism camp – has been advocating the notion that Israel’s official version of history is filled with misconceptions and misleading myths.
Benny Morris, to the chagrin of Jew bashers and palestinian apologists, has changed his perspective and says that (1) Arabs are to blame for lack of peace; (2) Arabs are to blame for the refugee problem; (3) Arabs will never accept Israel; (4) Arabs are lying when they say that they can compromise with the Jewish state; (5) Israel has always been willing to compromise and do the fair thing for the Arabs.
Now, Benny Morris rips apart Mearsheimer and Walt’s conspiracy paper and defends Israel by writing:
John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” is a travesty of the history that I have studied and written for the past two decades. They imply that down to 1948, the Zionist leadership rejected the partition of Palestine. This is simply false. After 1937, the Zionist mainstream understood that the Jewish people needed an immediate safe haven from European savagery, and that the movement would have to take what history was offering and could gain no more.
The Palestinian story was different. The Palestinian national movement, from its inception up to 2000, rejected a two-state solution. There was no great debate. The Palestinian leadership rejected the 1937 and 1947 partition plans (and the Begin-Sadat “autonomy plan” of 1978, which would have led to a two-state solution), and insisted that the Jews had no right to even an inch of Palestine. And the Palestinian government of today, led by the popularly elected Hamas, continues to espouse this uncompromising, anti-partitionist one-state position. All of this is completely ignored in Mearsheimer and Walt’s “history.”
From Mearsheimer and Walt, you would never suspect that the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem in 1948 occurred against the backdrop, and as the result, of a war that for the Jews was a matter of survival, and which those same Palestinians and their Arab brothers had launched. To omit this historical background is stark dishonesty.
Not too bad for the world’s most famous far-left, post-Zionist who is famous for criticizing Israel. Kinda puts a smile on your face, you know what I mean?
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