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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realism
I like Benny Morris. He has changed his views quite drastically over his life, going from controversially challenging the Zionist narrative over the early history of the state and the cause of the refugee problem, to his current, hard, and somewhat depressing view of the conflict as a whole.

Considering what appears to me the honest evolution of a serious and...
Published on 8 Sept. 2012 by Benjamin

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14 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Polemic, not scientific
First of all, you should note that the editorial review above refer to Morris' work " 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War", not this book, which is more of a polemic pamphlet. I wanted indeed to read a pro-Israeli take on this so infected conflict, but this is just a collection of randomly selected quotes, proving the point of Morris and neglecting other...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realism, 8 Sept. 2012
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I like Benny Morris. He has changed his views quite drastically over his life, going from controversially challenging the Zionist narrative over the early history of the state and the cause of the refugee problem, to his current, hard, and somewhat depressing view of the conflict as a whole.

Considering what appears to me the honest evolution of a serious and highly prolific historian, I would press even on those who are likely to disagree with his current perspective, to take this book seriously. The conclusions in it are drastic, and many will say one sided, but personally I find this book to be a rather refreshing dose of realism in a sea of fantastical and skewed literature on the subject.

This book is short and acts as sort of a summary of the conflict, but as if delivered by a judge in his preamble to his verdict. Because of it's brevity and scope I recommend it to people new to the subject, wishing to taste the intense and harsh discussions which dominate it, but it's definitely not comprehensive, and would need complimentary history reading, maybe from some of Morris's other books such as 1948.

For people already familiar with the topic, well, this book's conclusions do not offer a completley new perspective, but it's a controversial one rarely heard today, that many people may not have heard of. Personally, I agree with Morris wholeheartedly in his new pessimistic take on the issue.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading in understanding the options, 19 Jun. 2011
This review is from: One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict (Paperback)
Benny Morris is unsual in an area where most historians take sides (usually pro-palestinian).

Benny Morris although pro-Israeli sees himself first and foremost as having a responsibility to tell history with all its warts, even though this might be considered as damaging Israel's case. For example he has never hidden the fact that in fighting for its survival against the massed armies of its enemies in 1948, Israel's forces did occasionally commit small scale war crimes. Prisoners were shot although Morris does bring it into context of when it happened they were in reaction to seeing the bodies of their own men whose bodies had been mutilated after having become prisoners of the arabs.

So in this book Morris attempts to cover the possible solutions to the problem of a democratic state israel not wanting either to absorb millions of arabs who now call themselves palestinians, yet neither does it with to occupy another people.

Morris does burst some illusions such as Israel always being to blame for the lack of peace. This is a complicated issue and made more so by the fact that arabs realising they can't destroy Israel militarily at the moment, wish to first weaken it by getting Israel to give up strategic territory, the commanding heights over Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, by making Israel 9 miles wide again, and by overwhelming Israel's jewish population with millions of arabs indoctrinated with hostility to the tiny state of Israel.

Morris in describing the possibilities of a solution has also gone into the history of Israel's attempts to make peace with its arab neighbours, even to partitioning the land. All to no avail. None of the attempts to share the land was accepted by the arabs who tried many time to destroy the country, seeing the jews as foreign to the land and usurpers just like the crusaders. That arabs had no understanding of the jewish connection to the land was because of the indoctrination that erased any connections of jews with the lands. For arabs, it was all the more a shock that for jews who supposedly had no connections with the land, were so determined to live there, build a democratic state and successfully defend themselves from attack.

This book by one of the world's leading scholars needs to be read to understand the possibilities of resolution of this conflict.
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14 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Polemic, not scientific, 1 Dec. 2010
This review is from: One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict (Paperback)
First of all, you should note that the editorial review above refer to Morris' work " 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War", not this book, which is more of a polemic pamphlet. I wanted indeed to read a pro-Israeli take on this so infected conflict, but this is just a collection of randomly selected quotes, proving the point of Morris and neglecting other historical facts. For example, he would mention every killing by Arab hands, but fails to mention the assassination of Bernadotte by the Jewish Stern-gang, so much more politically significant. The book the often gives racist statements about the culture of Arabs/Muslims.

Secondly, the book is called One State, Two States, resolving the Israeli/Palestine conflict, but the solution of Morrisis only dealt with hastily during the very last pages.

I found, however, the history of early Jewish organizations in Palestine interesting.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste, 7 Jun. 2014
This review is from: One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict (Paperback)
The book is a complete waste. Everybody knows Morris hates the idea of a one-state settlement unless the Palestinians are all removed from the Holy Land. That's pretty much the book. He's an unskilled writer and a crude polemicist with morbid and moribund ethics.
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