When it comes to Israel, Benny Morris is an iconoclast. He was the first of the new Israeli historians and the first among post-Zionists. But that was a long time ago, and Benny Morris, an author, thinker, and analyst, no longer subscribes to those original ideas. He has come to different conclusions about the Israel/Palestinian conflict and where and with whom to lay blame. According to his analysis, the snafus are many and there is plenty of guilt to go around.
In the eyes of Benny Morris, the Palestinians bear the responsibility for most of the failed dealings with Israel. Morris attributes a good portion of the Palestinian failure to lack of leadership, i.e., inability to take charge or to counter the extremists who have taken the goal of a Palestinian state and pushed it further and further away from reality.
Morris does not claim that Israel is blameless. Yes, he says, Israel made mistakes, but those mistakes were not colossal. Israel’s mistakes were small, tactical, moral blunders, not the fundamental mistakes of conception and deception that plague the Palestinian side.
The most powerful element of this biting critique is actually not the critique at all, but that it is Benny Morris who is criticizing.