Ilan Pappe: Says he is good friends with Palestinian PM





Controversial Israeli historian Ilan Pappe declared his warm friendship with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday afternoon.

When asked if he was nervous that Hamas's Haniyeh could be elected prime minister in a bi-national state, Pappe replied "Haniyeh doesn't make me nervous at all. He is a good friend of mine." With a slight smirk, Pappe then suggested that Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of Hizbullah, "should be put on the committee to decide the future of Israel."

Pappe made the statement after a promotional event for his new book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine at the American Colony hotel in Jerusalem. Guests included nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vananu, UN officials and at least one ambassador.

Pappe, who is a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa's Department of Political Science, was unsparing in his criticism of Israel. He claimed that Israel's policy in both war and peace has been that of ethnically cleansing the Palestinians. The Labor party specifically, Pappe said, has always been responsible for this "crime against humanity." He blasted Shimon Peres' receiving the Nobel Prize but made no mention of Arafat winning the same accolade. ...


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