Benny Morris

Benny Morris is a professor of history in the Middle East Studies Department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the author of 1948, A History of the First Arab-Israeli War (Yale University Press, 2008).


Benny Morris reviews Gilad Sharon's biography of his father, Ariel Sharon.

From Carthage to Bosnia, Persia to Palestine, tales of warfare and hubris, excess and murder line the Mediterranean. David Abulafia proffers up a sweeping narrative steeped in culture, commerce and the struggle for dominance on the Great Sea.

Simon Sebag Montefiore’s tour through Jerusalem demonstrates that the conquerors of history saw this city as a treasure worth countless lives. The current face-off between Israelis and Palestinians is only the latest intractable conflict.

Lawrence of Arabia, that romantic, kaffiyeh-wearing, desert-dwelling symbol of Arab nationalism, was nothing more than the ringleader in a sideshow of a sideshow.

The conventional wisdom says Sayyid Qutb is the forefather of modern-day Islamic fundamentalism. What is less known is how the thinker's intense anti-Semitism and contempt for female sexuality contributed to this vulgar worldview.


U.S. and European sanctions have staved off the threat of Israeli military action against Iran. But not for long.

Netanyahu's historic visit to Cyprus is evidence of a new trend in Israeli peripheral policy.

The new government in Cairo has pledged to focus on internal issues, but radical ideology and international dilemmas will win out.

The ultra-orthodox community and the secular administration are at loggerheads. Israel's future hangs in the balance.

A French bill prohibiting denial of the Armenian genocide has Turkey rethinking its "zero problems with neighbors" foreign policy.

Follow The National Interest

April 24, 2014