[Morris is one of the original "new" historians, now treated as apostate by the left much as Illan Pappé is by the center. It's worth noting when a man of such standing feels called upon to explain why people having rockets fired at their town feel threatened.
On the other hand, it's hard to argue that the Hamas rockets are "targeting" anything or anyone. If they could hit a target with any consistency, everyone, including Morris, would be speaking in entirely different terms--more like the way one spoke of Hezbollah as they were blowing up roughly one Israeli tank every day. However, these rockets are more an expression of blind (and impotent) rage--like a loose cannon.
The Israeli reaction is getting to be all too familiar: hypervigilant, bellicose, maybe even a little hysterical. But rather than pursue this geopolitical psychoanalysis, one translates simple pathologies into the language of international treaties and concludes that the attacks are "disproportionate."
"Surgical" is a description that has not been appropriate for a long time. When you have to kill between 10 and 100 innocents to get one "suspect," that's not "surgical." That lies somewhere between random "success" and complete incompetence.
Morris provides a detailed and articulate insight into what some will see as "the Israeli narrative." There are other Israelis (see The Other Israel) but Morris has to be understood as a moderate within his own political context. -jlt]
Many Israelis feel that the walls - and history - are closing in on their 60-year-old state, much as they felt in early June 1967, just before Israel launched the Six-Day War and destroyed the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian armies in Sinai, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
|If present trends persist, Arabs could constitute the majority of Israel's citizens by 2040 or 2050.|
More than 40 years ago, the Egyptians had driven a UN peacekeeping force from the Sinai-Israel border, had closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping and air traffic and had deployed the equivalent of seven armored and infantry divisions on Israel's doorstep. Egypt had signed a series of military pacts with Syria and Jordan and placed troops in the West Bank. Arab radio stations blared messages about the coming destruction of Israel.
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