Did Dayan really say this? Again, Not quite, since the key sentence that REVERSES the meaning of the quotation is Omitted,
both by Walt and Mearsheimer, and by their very partisan source for this quote, Walid Khalidi.
The passage is from an address Dayan gave to Technion students on March 19, 1969 (the Technion is more or less Israel’s MIT). A transcript of the speech appeared in Ha'aretz on April 4, 1969.
In answer to a student’s question suggesting that Israel deport to Jordan Palestinian attackers from the West Bank, Dayan answers that he is vehemently opposed to this idea, insisting that Arabs have roots in the land just like Jews, and that the two peoples must learn to live together. He goes on to say:
We came to a region of land that was inhabited by Arabs, and we set up a Jewish state. In a considerable number of places, we Purchased the land from Arabs and set up Jewish villages where there had once been Arab villages. You don't even know the names [of the previous Arab villages] and I don't blame you, because those geography books aren't around anymore. Not only the books, the villages aren't around. Nahalal was established in the place of Mahalul, and Gvat was established in the place of Jibta, Sarid in the place of Huneifis and Kfar Yehoshua in the place of Tel Shaman. There isn't any place that was established in an area where there had not at one time been an Arab settlement. (emphasis added)Dayan’s larger point that the two peoples must Learn to Coexist in itself contradicts
the picture painted by Walt and Mearsheimer of ruthless Israelis dispossessing and oppressing Arabs. But the key is the sentence in bold above, which was curiously Omitted by Khalidi
and therefore missed by the credulous Walt and Mearsheimer: “In a considerable number of places, we Purchased the land from Arabs and set up Jewish villages where there had once been Arab villages.”
Thus, once again, far from supporting the point Walt and Mearsheimer were trying to make, the quote, when rendered accurately,
actually undermines it....":