By Benny Morris
'What is so outstanding approximately Morris' paintings as a historian is that it doesn't flatter anyone's prejudices, least of all his own', David Remnick remarked in a brand new Yorker article that coincided with the booklet of Benny Morris' "1948: A historical past of the 1st Arab-Israeli War". With an identical dedication to objectivity that has regularly characterised his technique, Morris now turns his realization to the present-day legacy of the occasions of 1948 and the concrete innovations for the way forward for Palestine and Israel.The e-book scrutinizes the background of the targets of the Palestinian nationwide circulation and the Zionist flow, then considers some of the one- and two-state proposals made by way of diverse streams in the pursuits. It additionally appears on the willingness or unwillingness of every move to discover an lodging in keeping with compromise. Morris assesses the viability and practicality of proposed ideas within the mild of advanced and acrimonious realities. all through his groundbreaking profession, Morris has reshaped realizing of the Israeli-Arab clash. the following, once more, he arrives at a brand new frame of mind concerning the discord, injecting a ray of desire in a quarter the place it really is so much sorely wanted.
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That the success of the Jewish National Home must largely rest. TransJordania has from earliest time been an integral and vital part of Palestine. There the [Hebrew] tribes of Reuben, Gad and Menashe ﬁrst pitched their tents . . Apart from the Neqeb in the south, western Palestine has no large stretches of unoccupied land where Jewish colonisation can take place on a large scale. The beautiful Trans-Jordanian plateaux . . [lie] neglected and uninhabited . . ”15 But Churchill was unmoved. And in the end, the mainstream Zionist leadership acquiesced in the victors’ truncation of Palestine, formalized in Churchill’s white paper of 1922.
As Churchill was making up his mind on the matter, Weizmann wrote him an impassioned, multilayered appeal: now that, through Anglo-French agreement, Palestine has 41 The History of One-State and Two-State Solutions been “cut . . off from access to the Litani, deprived . . of the Upper Jordan and the Yarmuk and . . the fertile plains [that is, the Golan Heights] east of the Tiberias [that is, the Sea of Galilee],” Britain should desist from denuding Palestine of Transjordan. Jewish settlement in the hills east of the Jordan would secure the area for the British Empire militarily.
And “it should . . be recognized that the ﬁelds of Gilead, Moab and Edom, with the rivers Arnon and Jabbok, to say nothing of the Yarmuk . . are historically and geographically and economically linked to Palestine, and that it is upon these ﬁelds . . that the success of the Jewish National Home must largely rest. TransJordania has from earliest time been an integral and vital part of Palestine. There the [Hebrew] tribes of Reuben, Gad and Menashe ﬁrst pitched their tents . . Apart from the Neqeb in the south, western Palestine has no large stretches of unoccupied land where Jewish colonisation can take place on a large scale.