Thunder, i was reading your replies with curiosity as i'm always happy to learn from the other side, but you lost me here when you used Benny Morris, an Israeli Historian to be critical of Ilan Pappe.Ilan Pappe is not a credible historian. Benny Morris said about him: "At best, Ilan Pappe must be one of the world’s sloppiest historians; at worst, one of the most dishonest." Morris said of Pappe's book: "... distortions, large and small, characterize almost every page of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine."
I prize truth above all else, but Pappe said about the truth: “Indeed the struggle is about ideology, not about facts, Who knows what facts are? We try to convince as many people as we can that our interpretation of the facts is the correct one, and we do it because of ideological reasons, not because we are truthseekers.”
Why would anyone believe a so-called historian who is rejected by his peers and who himself rejects the idea of a "fact"? What credibility could he possibly have? And you base your view of Israel on this liar? Why?
Ilan Pappe would be rejected by 90% of Israeli Historians, simply because they have Israeli bias.
When you are critical of someones work and use phrases like "sloppiest, dishonest, distortions", you can almost guarantee there is a personal element to it. This kind of vitriol is used by Israeli academics/media all the time.