The Right Coast

January 12, 2004
 
Benny Morris: Revisionism Squared
By Michael Rappaport

An extremely interesting and disturbing interview with Benny Morris, the dean of revisionist historians in Israel. While he has spent most of his life criticizing Israel from the left for its treatment of the Palestinians, he now claims that the Arab World is barbaric and believes that Israel might justifiably expel the Palestinians if the situation continues to decline. This is a man of many contradictions. Perhaps though he is someone who enjoys embracing extremes. Although I have no evidence one way or the other, I would not be surprised if he overstated how badly the Israelis treated the Palestinians in 1948 and now overstates what Israel should do to the Palestinians. In any event, a truly interesting read.