The long interview, conducted by the journalist Ari Shavit, appeared under the title ““Survival of the Fittest”” in the 9 January 2004 edition of Ha'Aretz Magazine. In his introduction to the interview, Shavit recounts how Morris was mistakenly seen in some Israeli circles as a ““post-Zionist”” and an ““Israel hater,”” because his research largely supported Palestinian contentions about the 1948 war; this perception began to change as a result of his political commentaries in the wake of the second intifada. The interview generated considerable controversy, especially for its assertion that Ben-Gurion had made a ““serious historical mistake in 1948”” by getting ““cold feet”” and failing to ““complete the transfer,”” and because Morris appeared to leave the door open for the expulsion, under certain conditions, of today's Palestinians. Morris, who had belonged to the left-wing Hashomer Hatza'ir youth movement and who refused to do military service in the occupied territories, is now a professor of history at Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva. His latest book, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, an extensively revised edition of the 1987 book that made his reputation, was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2004.

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