Daniel Blatman’s indirect comparisons with the Germans’ crimes against the Jews and others don’t reflect a serious way of writing history.
Historian Benny Morris is right when he mentions the ‘atmosphere of transfer’ that gripped Israel from April 1948, but he errs when he claims that this atmosphere was never translated into policy.
The Israeli historian is right about one thing: The understandings that the Arabs should be expelled in 1948 were not carried out in full.
Prof. Daniel Blatman distorts history when he says the new State of Israel, a country facing invading armies, carried out a policy of expelling the local Arabs.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the removal of settlers from the West Bank would be ‘ethnic cleansing’ is utter nonsense. If he wants to know what ethnic cleansing, he has to revisit 1948, not 2005.
Peace is not going to come before Israelis know about and understand how it all began.
File includes research material commissioned by Ben-Gurion to 'prove' refugees were not expelled in 1948 War of Independence.
If Mr. Netanyahu really wants to know what ethnic cleansing means, he should ask the Palestinian citizens of Israel. 85% of the Palestinians living in what is now Israel were forced out in the 1948 Nakba - just because they weren't Jews.
The more Israel strengthens its democratic nature, the more its legitimacy will increase. But meanwhile, Israel is marching in the opposite direction.
Working during their pre-army gap year in Arab schools, 23 young Israelis realized they knew little about the narrative of 'the other' living in their midst. The result: An educational (and physical) journey that ended with plans for a coexistence-related program for their movement.