Gotcha ... Norman Finkelstein!
What Norman Finkelstein said:
[Benny] Morris has indisputably produced landmark studies ... Morris has tapped a wealth of archival material which no serious student of Israeli-Palestinian conflict can afford to ignore. In fact Morris’s research will serve as the bench mark for all future scholarship on the topic. Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, page 86-87, emphasis mineWhat Benny Morris has said:
"[W]hen writing The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem 1947-1949 in the mid-1980s, I had no access to the materials in the IDFA [IDF Archive] or the Haganah Archive and precious little to first-hand military materials deposited elsewhere. Nonetheless, the new materials I have seen over the past few years tend to confirm and reinforce the major lines of description and analysis, and the conclusions, in The Birth and in a subsequent volume, 1948 and After, published in 1990 ... [S]ome of the material relating to the [Palestinian exodus] may have been open to researchers in the early and mid-1980s, when The Birth was written, but I was not then aware of its existence." Benny Morris, The War for Palestine: Rewriting History of 1948 As quoted in Middle East Quarterly emphasis mine.Also as Professor Efraim Karsh points out:
Morris inadvertently reveals the falsehood of "new historian" scholarly pretensions. This group insists on tracing its origin, indeed its raison d’être, to the opening of Israeli state archives in the late 1980s but now its foremost member admits to having written the single most influential "revisionist" work without the use of the most important archives ... Morris made no use of [some of] the Israeli archives due to his own ignorance.So this is how Norman Finkelstein thinks landmark research in archival material is done.