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    • Tosefta
    • 13.06.07 | 00:29 (IDT)

    Labhras, I actually read Benny Morris' book "Birth of the Palestinian refugee problem" and have an extensive familiarity with what Morris claims. As far as divining BG intentions, you might also want to consult Shabtai Teveth's book on the transfer question and BG (although I don't remember if the booklet is in English or Hebrew). Teveth is the greatest expert on BG overall. Indeed, the policy was not to allow the refugees to return, except for some 100,000 who were allowed to return soon after the 1948 war. Ben Gurion was extremely clever. He also had conscience, but being a political leader, I wouldn't say he was a saint, just more saintly than you may be accustomed to in these rough times. Speaking out of context, if BG said that Israel never expelled anyone it was an exaggeration and the context should be looked into. There was Plan D which required (for security reasons) to remove Arabs from important roads, etc.

    from the article: In the name of Islam?
    First published 00:00 12.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.06.07
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