Avraham Sela

New Historians Avi Shlaim Benny Morris

Avraham Sela is an Israeli historian and scholar on the Middle East and international relations.

Education and Career

Sela studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gaining a BA in 1971, an MA in 1974 and a PhD in 1986. He currently serves as the A. Ephraim and Shirley Diamond Professor of International Relations and a senior research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute, both at the Hebrew University.

He is the author of The Decline of the Arab Israeli Conflict: Middle East Politics and the Quest for Regional Order (1998) and co-author of The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Adjustment (2000).


Sela is fairly critical of the writings of the New Historians, particularly of Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim.[1]



  1. ^ Avi Shlaim, "The Debate about 1948" in Benny Morris (ed.), Making Israel, 2007, ISBN 0-472-03216-X, pp. 135-138