We must strive to write a history of the Israeli War of Independence that does not seek to blame, to score points and to divide the world into the absolute victimizers and the absolute victims – then we may begin to move forward.
Focusing on the outsized life of pan-Arabist Fawzi al-Qawuqji, Laila Parsons' 'The Commander' paints a rich picture of the history of Arab nationalism and anti-colonialism through 1948.
And he thinks Netanyahu is a coward. Meet Knesset Member Bezalel Smotrich, who envisions a Greater Israel where the Palestinian Authority doesn't exist and who believes Reform Jews and LGBT people are living a lie.
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.