Apparently Israel has approved a textbook for "Israeli Arab schools" presenting the 'Arab viewpoint'. This includes such phrases as "some of the Palestinians were expelled following the War of Independence and that many Arab-owned lands were confiscated" (As'ad Abu Khalil also made the same emphasis). Of course the book is being criticised by some in Israel as defeatist - shock horror, such a brave step forward by the Israelis. Do they honestly think that by creating such fake controversy around the history book any Palestinian would forget what really happened? Are there really just two sides to this story? Not when you remember that at one point Palestine was mostly Arab and at the next millions of European and North American Jews emigrated there and (with mostly British and Russian arms) proclaimed their independent 'state'. The textbook apparently states that the Arabs rejected a UN partition plan, something Jewish leaders agreed with. This reminds me of the story about Solomon judging between two women and a baby - each claiming it is her own. He ordered that the baby be cut in half for each. The real mother risked losing her baby forever by refusing this option. Solomon recognised her claim to it.