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Jews of Palestine

* Haganah

* Palmach
Palmach

* Irgun * Lehi * Foreign Volunteers * Allied Bedouin
Bedouin
tribes

Arabs of Palestine

* Army of the Holy War
Army of the Holy War
* Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army

Transjordan

* Arab Legion

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

* United Kingdom
United Kingdom
military forces in Mandatory Palestine

COMMANDERS AND LEADERS

David Ben-Gurion Yaakov Dori
Yaakov Dori
Yigael Yadin Yigal Allon Menachem Begin Fawzi al-Qawuqji
Fawzi al-Qawuqji
Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
Gordon MacMillan

STRENGTH

15,000 (start) 35,000 (end) A few thousands ~70,000

CASUALTIES AND LOSSES

1 April : 895 15 May : ~ 2,000 1 April : 991 125 dead less than 300 injured

The 1947–48 CIVIL WAR IN MANDATORY PALESTINE was the first phase of the 1948 Palestine war . It broke out after the General Assembly of the United Nations
United Nations
adopted a resolution on 29 November 1947 recommending the adoption of the Partition Plan for Palestine .

During the civil war, the Jewish and Arab communities of Palestine clashed (the latter supported by the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
) while the British, who had the obligation to maintain order, organized their withdrawal and intervened only on an occasional basis.

When the British Mandate of Palestine expired on 14 May 1948, and with the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel
Israel
, the surrounding Arab states, Egypt
Egypt
, Transjordan , Iraq
Iraq
and Syria
Syria
invaded what had just ceased to be Mandatory Palestine, and immediately attacked Israeli forces and several Jewish settlements. The conflict then turned into the 1948 Arab–Israeli War .

CONTENTS

* 1 Background

* 2 Beginning of the Civil War (30 November 1947 – 1 April 1948)

* 2.1 The Powers\' Policies * 2.2 The Population Suffering * 2.3 Fighters and Arms from Abroad * 2.4 Death toll

* 3 War of the roads and blockade of Jerusalem
Jerusalem

* 3.1 Geographic situation of the Jewish zones * 3.2 Siege of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
* 3.3 Death toll and analysis

* 4 Intervention of foreign forces in Palestine * 5 Morale of the fighters * 6 The first wave of Palestinian refugees

* 7 Policies of foreign powers

* 7.1 Britain and the Jordanian choice * 7.2 The American U-turn * 7.3 The logistical support of the Eastern bloc * 7.4 Arab leaders\' refusal of direct involvement

* 8 The arms problem

* 8.1 Civil war beginning (until 1 April 1948) * 8.2 Haganah on the offensive (1 April – 15 May 1948) * 8.3 Later

* 9 Reorganisation of Haganah * 10 Plan Dalet
Plan Dalet

* 11 Haganah offensive (1 April – 15 May 1948)

* 11.1 Operation Nachshon
Operation Nachshon
(2–20 April) * 11.2 The Battle
Battle
of Mishmar HaEmek (4–15 April) * 11.3 Deir Yassin massacre * 11.4 Hadassah medical convoy massacre * 11.5 The Battle
Battle
of Ramat Yohanan and the defection of the Druze * 11.6 The siege of mixed localities * 11.7 Operation Yiftah (20 April – 24 May) * 11.8 Meeting of Golda Meir
Golda Meir
and King Abdullah I of Jordan
Jordan
(10 May) * 11.9 Kfar Etzion massacre * 11.10 Jerusalem: Operations Yevusi nonetheless, the Palestinian Arab nationalists did obtain from the British a drastic reduction of Jewish immigration, legislated by the 1939 White Paper . However, the consequences of the unsuccessful uprising were heavy. Nearly 5,000 Arabs and 500 Jews died; the various paramilitary Zionist organizations were reinforced, and the majority of the members of the Palestinian Arab political elite exiled themselves, such as Amin al-Husseini , leader of the Arab Higher Committee.

After World War II and The Holocaust , the Zionist movement
Zionist movement
gained attention and sympathy. In Mandatory Palestine, Zionist groups fought against the British occupation. In the two and a half years from 1945 to June 1947, British law enforcement forces lost 103 dead, and sustained 391 wounded from Jewish militants. The Palestinian Arab nationalists reorganized themselves, but their organization remained inferior to that of the Zionists. Nevertheless, the weakening of the colonial British Empire reinforced Arab countries and the Arab League .

The Haganah was initially involved in the post-war attacks against the British in Palestine but withdrew following the outrage caused by the 1946 Irgun bombing of the British Army Headquarters in the King David Hotel . In May 1946, on the assumption of British neutrality in the future hostilities, a Plan C was formulated that envisaged guidelines for retaliation if and when Palestinian Arab attacks took place on the Yishuv. As the countdown ticked down, the Haganah implemented assaults involving the torching and demolition by explosives against economic infrastructures, the property of Palestinian politicians and military commanders, villages, town neighbourhoods, houses and farms that were deemed to be bases or used by inciters and their accomplices. The killing of armed irregulars and adult males was also foreseen. On 15 August 1947, on suspicion it was a terrorist headquarters, they blew up the house of the Abu Laban family, prosperous Palestinian orange growers, near Petah Tikva . Twelve occupants, including a woman and six children, were killed. After November 1947, the dynamiting of houses formed a key component of most Haganah retaliatory strikes.

Diplomacy failed to reconcile the different points of view concerning the future of Palestine. On 18 February 1947, the British announced their withdrawal from the region. Later that year, on 29 November, the General Assembly of the United Nations
United Nations
voted to recommend the adoption and implementation of the partition plan with the support of the big global powers, but not of Britain nor of the Arab States.

BEGINNING OF THE CIVIL WAR (30 NOVEMBER 1947 – 1 APRIL 1948)

Aftermath of the car bomb attack on the Ben Yehuda St., which killed 53 and injured many more.

In the aftermath of the adoption of Resolution 181(II) by the United Nations General Assembly recommending the adoption and implementation of the Plan of Partition, the manifestations of joy of the Jewish community were counterbalanced by protests by Arabs throughout the country and after 1 December, the Arab Higher Committee enacted a general strike that lasted three days.

A 'wind of violence' rapidly took hold of the country, foreboding civil war between the two communities. Murders, reprisals, and counter-reprisals came fast on each other's heels, resulting in dozens of victims killed on both sides in the process. The impasse persisted as British forces did not intervene to put a stop to the escalating cycles of violence.

The first casualties after the adoption of Resolution 181(II) by the General Assembly were passengers on a Jewish bus driving on the Coastal Plain near Kfar Sirkin on 30 November. An eight-man gang from Jaffa
Jaffa
ambushed the bus killing five and wounding others. Half an hour later they ambushed a second bus, southbound from Hadera , killing two more. Arab snipers attacked Jewish buses in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and Haifa.

Irgun and Lehi followed their strategy of placing bombs in crowded markets and bus-stops. As on 30 December, in Haifa, when members of Irgun , threw two bombs at a crowd of Arab workers who were queueing in front of a refinery, killing 6 of them and injuring 42. An angry crowd massacred 39 Jewish people in revenge, until British soldiers reestablished calm. In reprisals, some soldiers from the strike force, Palmach
Palmach
and the Carmeli brigade , attacked the village of Balad ash-Sheikh and Hawassa. According to different historians, this attack led to between 21 and 70 deaths.

According to Benny Morris , much of the fighting in the first months of the war took place in and on the edges of the main towns, and was initiated by the Arabs. It included Arab snipers firing at Jewish houses, pedestrians, and traffic, as well as planting bombs and mines along urban and rural paths and roads.

From January onwards, operations became increasingly militarized.

In all the mixed zones where both communities lived, particularly Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and Haifa
Haifa
, increasingly violent attacks, riots , reprisals and counter-reprisals followed each other. Isolated shootings evolved into all-out battles . Attacks against traffic, for instance, turned into ambushes as one bloody attack led to another.

On 22 February 1948, supporters of Mohammad Amin al-Husayni organized, with the help of certain British deserters, three attacks against the Jewish community. Using car bombs aimed at the headquarters of the pro-Zionist Palestine Post newspaper, the Ben Yehuda St. market and the backyard of the Jewish Agency's offices, they killed 22, 53 and 13 Jewish people respectively, and injured hundreds. In revenge, Lehi put a landmine on the railroad track in Rehovot on which a train from Cairo
Cairo
to Haifa
Haifa
was travelling, killing 28 British soldiers and injuring 35. This would be copied on 31 March, close to Caesarea Maritima , which would lead to the death of forty people, injuring 60, who were, for the most part, Arab civilians.

Having recruited a few thousand volunteers, al-Husayni organized the blockade of the 100,000 Jewish residents of Jerusalem. To counter this, the Yishuv authorities tried to supply the city with convoys of up to 100 armoured vehicles, but the operation became more and more impractical as the number of casualties in the relief convoys surged. By March, Al-Hussayni's tactic had paid off. Almost all of Haganah 's armoured vehicles had been destroyed, the blockade was in full operation, and hundreds of Haganah members who had tried to bring supplies into the city were killed. The situation for those who dwelt in the Jewish settlements in the highly isolated Negev and North of Galilee
Galilee
was even more critical.

According to the Arab League general Safwat:

Despite the fact that skirmishes and battles have begun, the Jews at this stage are still trying to contain the fighting to as narrow a sphere as possible in the hope that partition will be implemented and a Jewish government formed; they hope that if the fighting remains limited, the Arabs will acquiesce in the fait accompli. This can be seen from the fact that the Jews have not so far attacked Arab villages unless the inhabitants of those villages attacked them or provoked them first.

Although a certain level of doubt took hold among Yishuv supporters, their apparent defeats were due more to their wait-and-see policy than to weakness. David Ben-Gurion reorganized Haganah and made conscription obligatory. Every Jewish man and woman in the country had to receive military training.

THE POWERS\' POLICIES

This situation caused the US to withdraw their support for the Partition plan, thus encouraging the Arab League to believe that the Palestinian Arabs, reinforced by the Arab Liberation Army, could put an end to the plan for partition. The British, on the other hand, decided on 7 February 1948, to support the annexation of the Arab part of Palestine by Transjordan .

THE POPULATION SUFFERING

While the Jewish population had received strict orders requiring them to hold their ground everywhere at all costs, the Arab population was more affected by the general conditions of insecurity to which the country was exposed. Up to 100,000 Arabs, from the urban upper and middle classes in Haifa, Jaffa
Jaffa
and Jerusalem, or Jewish-dominated areas, evacuated abroad or to Arab centres eastwards.

FIGHTERS AND ARMS FROM ABROAD

Thanks to funds raised by Golda Meir
Golda Meir
from sympathisers in the United States, and Stalin's decision to support the Zionist cause, the Jewish representatives of Palestine were able to sign very important armament contracts in the East. Other Haganah agents recuperated stockpiles from the Second World War, which helped improve the army's equipment and logistics. Operation Balak allowed arms and other equipment to be transported for the first time by the end of March.

There was an intervention of a number of Arab Liberation Army regiments inside Palestine, each active in a variety of distinct sectors around the different coastal towns. They consolidated their presence in Galilee
Galilee
and Samaria . Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
came from Egypt
Egypt
with several hundred men of the Army of the Holy War
Army of the Holy War
.

DEATH TOLL

Morris says that by the end of March 1948, the Yishuv had suffered about a thousand dead. Ilan Pappé estimates that 400 Jews and 1,500 Arabs were killed by January 1948. In December the Jewish death toll was estimated over 200 and, according to Alec Kirkbride , by 18 January 333 Jews and 345 Arabs were killed while 643 Jews and 877 Arabs were injured. The overall death toll between December 1947 and January 1948 (including British personal) was estimated at around 1,000 people, with 2,000 injured. According to Yoav Gelber, by the end of March there was a total of 2,000 dead and 4,000 wounded. These figures correspond to an average of more than 100 deaths and 200 casualties per week in a population of 2,000,000.

WAR OF THE ROADS AND BLOCKADE OF JERUSALEM

GEOGRAPHIC SITUATION OF THE JEWISH ZONES

Map of Jewish settlements and roads in Palestine by 1 December 1947

Apart from on the coastline, Jewish yishuvim , or settlements, were very dispersed. Communication between the coastal area—which was the most developed in terms of Jewish settlements—and the peripheral settlements was carried out by road links. These road links were an easy target for attacks, as the majority of them passed through or near entirely Arab localities. The isolation of the 100,000 Jewish people in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and other Jewish settlements outside the coastal zone, such as kibbutz Kfar Etzion , halfway on the strategic road between Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and Hebron
Hebron
, the 27 settlements in the Southern region of Negev and the settlements to the north of Galilee
Galilee
, were a weak strategic point for Yishuv .

The possibility of evacuating these difficult to defend zones was considered, but the policy of Haganah was set by David Ben-Gurion. He stated that 'what the Jewish people have has to be conserved. No Jewish person should abandon his or her house, farm, kibbutz or job without authorization. Every outpost , every colony , whether it is isolated or not, must be occupied as though it were Tel Aviv itself. No Jewish settlement was evacuated until the invasion of May 1948. Only a dozen kibbutzim in Galilee
Galilee
as well as those of Gush Etzion sent women and children into the safer interior zones.

Ben-Gurion gave instructions that the settlements of Negev be reinforced in number of men and goods, in particular the kibbutzim of Kfar Darom and Yad Mordechai
Yad Mordechai
(both close to Gaza ), Revivim
Revivim
(south of Beersheba ) and Kfar Etzion . Conscious of the danger that weighed upon Negev, the supreme command of Haganah assigned a whole Palmach battalion there.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and the great difficulty of accessing the city became even more critical to its Jewish population, who made up one sixth of the total Jewish population in Palestine. The long and precipitous route from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, after leaving the Jewish zone at Hulda , went through the foothills of Latrun
Latrun
. Then, the 28-kilometre route between Bab al-Wad and Jerusalem
Jerusalem
took no less than 3 hours, and the route passed the vicinity of the Arab villages of Saris , Qaluniya , Al-Qastal
Al-Qastal
and Deir Yassin .

SIEGE OF JERUSALEM

Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
, prominent military leader during the Palestinian Civil War. An Arab road block, at the main road to Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Palestinian irregulars near a burnt armored Haganah supply truck, the road to Jerusalem, 1948 Jerusalem
Jerusalem
convoy, passing Lifta , April 1948 Shielded Jewish convoy during the blockade of Tel Aviv– Jerusalem
Jerusalem
road Main article: Battle
Battle
for Jerusalem
Jerusalem
(1948)

Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
arrived in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
with the intent to surround and besiege its Jewish community. He moved to Surif
Surif
, a village to the southwest of Jerusalem, with his supporters—around a hundred fighters who were trained in Syria
Syria
before the war and who served as officers in his army, Jihad al-Muqadas , or Army of the Holy War. He was joined by a hundred or so young villagers and Arab veterans of the British Army . His militia soon had several thousand men, and it moved its training quarters to Bir Zeit , a town near Ramallah
Ramallah
. Its zone of influence extended up to Lydda and Ramleh
Ramleh
, where Hasan Salama
Hasan Salama
—a veteran of the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine —commanded 1,000 men and coordinated, with al-Husayni, a plan of disruption and harassment of road traffic.

On 10 December, the first organized attack occurred when ten members of a convoy between Bethlehem
Bethlehem
and Kfar Etzion were killed.

On 14 January, Abd al-Qadir himself commanded and took part in an attack against Kfar Etzion, in which 1,000 Palestinian Arab combatants were involved. The attack was a failure, and 200 of al-Husayni's men died. Nonetheless, the attack did not come without losses of Jewish lives: a detachment of 35 Palmach
Palmach
men who sought to reinforce the establishment were ambushed and killed.

On 25 January, a Jewish convoy was attacked near the Arab village of al-Qastal . The attack went badly and several villages to the northeast of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
answered a call for assistance, although others did not, for fear of reprisals. The campaign for control over the roads became increasingly militaristic in nature, and became a focal point of the Arab war effort. After 22 March, supply convoys to Jerusalem
Jerusalem
stopped, due to a convoy of around thirty vehicles having been destroyed in the gorges of Bab-el-Wad.

On 27 March, an important supply convoy from Kfar Etzion was taken in an ambush in south of Jerusalem. They were forced to surrender all of their arms, ammunition and vehicles to al-Husayni's forces. The Jews of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
requested the assistance of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
after 24 hours of combat. According to a British report, the situation in Jerusalem, where a food rationing system was already in application, risked becoming desperate after 15 May.

The situation in other areas of the country was as critical as the one of Jerusalem. The settlements of Negev were utterly isolated, due to the impossibility of using the Southern coastal road, which passed through zones densely populated by Arabs. On 27 March, a convoy of supplies (the Yehiam convoy) that was intended for the isolated kibbutzim north-west of Galilee
Galilee
was attacked in the vicinity of Nahariya
Nahariya
. In the ensuing battle, 42–47 Haganah combatants and around a hundred fighters of the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
were killed, and all vehicles involved were destroyed.

DEATH TOLL AND ANALYSIS

In the last week of March alone, the losses sustained by Haganah were particularly heavy: they lost three large convoys in ambushes, more than 100 soldiers and their fleet of armoured vehicles.

All in all, West Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was gradually 'choked;' the settlements of Galilee
Galilee
could not be reached in any other way but via the valley of Jordan
Jordan
and the road of Nahariya
Nahariya
. This along with the foreseen attack of the Arab states in May and the earlier projected departure date of the British pushed Haganah to the offensive and to apply Plan Dalet from April onwards.

INTERVENTION OF FOREIGN FORCES IN PALESTINE

Arab volunteers fighting in Palestine in 1947

Violence kept intensifying with the intervention of military units. Although responsible for law and order up until the end of the mandate, the British did not try to take control of the situation, being more involved in the liquidation of the administration and the evacuation of their troops. Furthermore, the authorities felt that they had lost enough men already in the conflict.

The British either could not or did not want to impede the intervention of foreign forces into Palestine. According to a special report by the UN Special Commission on Palestine:

* During the night of 20–21 January, a troop composed of 700 Syrians in battle dress, equipped well and in control of mechanized transport, enters Palestine 'via Transjordan .' * On 27 January, 'a band of 300 men from outside Palestine, was established in the area of Safed
Safed
in Galilee
Galilee
and was probably responsible for the intensive heavy weapon and mortar attacks the following week against the settlement of Yechiam.' * In the night of 29–30 January, a battalion commanded by Fawzi al-Qawuqji that consisted of 950 men in 19 vehicles was deployed by the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
and entered Palestine 'via Adam Bridge and dispersed itself around the villages of Nablus , Jenin
Jenin
and Tulkarem
Tulkarem
.'

This description corresponds to the entry of Arab Liberation Army troops between 10 January and the start of March:

* The Second regiment of Yarmouk , under the orders of Adib Shishakli entered Galilee
Galilee
via Lebanon
Lebanon
on the night of 11–12 January. The battalion passed through Safed
Safed
and then settled in the village of Sasa. A third of the regiment's fighters were Palestinian Arab, and a quarter were Syrian . * The 1st Yarmouk regiment, commanded by Muhammad Tzafa, entered Palestine on the night of 20–21 January, via the Bridge of Damia from Jordan
Jordan
and disperses around Samaria , where it established its HQ, in the Northern Samarian city of Tubas . The regiment is composed chiefly of Palestinian Arabs and Iraqis . * The Hittin regiment, commanded by Madlul Abbas, settled in the west of Samaria with its headquarters in Tulkarem
Tulkarem
. * The Hussein ibn Ali regiment provided reinforcement in Haifa
Haifa
, Jaffa
Jaffa
, Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and several other cities. * The Qadassia regiment were reserves based in Jab'a.

Fawzi al-Qawuqji
Fawzi al-Qawuqji
, Field Commander of the Arab Liberation Army, arrived, according to himself, on 4 March, with the rest of the logistics and around 100 Bosniak volunteers in Jab'a, a small village on the route between Nablus and Jenin
Jenin
. He established a headquarters there and a training centre for Palestinian Arab volunteers.

Alan Cunningham , the British High Commissioner in Palestine, thoroughly protested against the incursions and the fact that 'no serious effort is being made to stop incursions'. The only reaction came from Alec Kirkbride, who complained to Ernest Bevin about Cunningham's 'hostile tone and threats'.

The British and the information service of Yishuv expected an offensive for 15 February, but it would not take place, seemingly because the Mufti
Mufti
troops were not ready.

In March, an Iraqi regiment of the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
came to reinforce the Palestinian Arab troops of Salameh in the area around Lydda and Ramleh
Ramleh
, while Al-Hussayni started a headquarters in Bir Zeit, 10 km to the north of Ramallah. At the same time, a number of North African troops, principally Libyans , and hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood entered Palestine. In March, an initial regiment arrived in Gaza and certain militants among them reached Jaffa
Jaffa
.

MORALE OF THE FIGHTERS

The Arab combatants' initial victories reinforced morale among them. The Arab Higher Committee was confident and decided to prevent the set-up of the UN-backed partition plan. In an announcement made to the Secretary-General on 6 February, they declared:

“ The Palestinian Arabs consider any attempt by Jewish people or by whatever power or group of power to establish a Jewish state in an Arab territory to be an act of aggression that will be resisted by force

The prestige of the United Nations
United Nations
would be better served by abandoning this plan and by not imposing such an injustice The Palestinian Arabs make a grave declaration before the UN, before God and before history that they will never submit to any power that comes to Palestine to impose a partition. The only way to establish a partition is to get rid of them all: men, women, and children. ”

At the beginning of February 1948, the morale of the Jewish leaders was not high: 'distress and despair arose clearly from the notes taken at the meetings of the Mapai party.' 'The attacks against the Jewish settlements and main roads worsened the direction of the Jewish people, who underestimated the intensity of the Arab reaction. The situation of the 100,000 Jews situated in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was precarious, and supplies to the city, already slim in number, were likely to be stopped. Nonetheless, despite the setbacks suffered, the Jewish forces, in particular Haganah , remained superior in number and quality to those of the Arab forces.

THE FIRST WAVE OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES

1948 PALESTINIAN EXODUS

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The high morale of the Arab fighters and politicians was not shared by the Palestinian Arab civilian population. The UN Palestine Commission reported 'Panic continues to increase, however, throughout the Arab middle classes, and there is a steady exodus of those who can afford to leave the country. 'From December 1947 to January 1948, around 70,000 Arabs fled, and, by the end of March, that number had grown to around 100,000.

These people were part of the first wave of Palestinian refugees of the conflict. Mostly the middle and upper classes fled, including the majority of the families of local governors and representatives of the Arab Higher Committee . Non-Palestinian Arabs also fled in large numbers. Most of them did not abandon the hope of returning to Palestine once the hostilities had ended.

POLICIES OF FOREIGN POWERS

Many decisions were made abroad that had an important influence over the outcome of the conflict.

BRITAIN AND THE JORDANIAN CHOICE

Britain did not want a Palestinian state led by the Mufti
Mufti
, and opted unofficially instead, on 7 February 1948, to support the annexation of the Arab part of Palestine by Abdullah I of Jordan
Jordan
. At a meeting in London between the commander of Transjordan 's Arab Legion , Glubb Pasha , and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
, Ernest Bevin , the two parties agreed that they would facilitate the entry of the Arab Legion into Palestine on 15 May and that the Arab part of Palestine be occupied by it. However, they held that the Arab Legion not enter the vicinity of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
or the Jewish state itself. This option did not envisage a Palestinian Arab state. Although the ambitions of King Abdullah are known, it is not apparent to what extent the authorities of Yishuv, the Arab Higher Committee or the Arab League knew of this decision.

THE AMERICAN U-TURN

In Mid-March, after the increasing disorder in Palestine and faced with the fear, later judged unfounded, of an Arab petrol embargo, the American administration announced the possible withdrawal of its support for the UN's partition plan and for the dispatching of an international force to guarantee its implementation. The US, instead, suggested that Palestine be put under UN supervision. On 1 April, the UN Security Council
UN Security Council
voted on the American proposal of a convocation of a special assembly intended to reconsider the Palestinian problem, a proposal for which the Soviets abstained from voting. This U-turn from the Americans caused concern and debate among Yishuv authorities, who could not, after the withdrawal of British troops, afford to face the Arab troops without the support of the USA. In this context, Elie Sasson, the director of the Arab section of Jewish Agency , and several other personalities, ended up convincing David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meyerson to advance a diplomatic initiative towards the Arabs. The job of negotiation was delegated to Joshua Palmon, who was prohibited from limiting the Haganah's liberty of action but was authorized to declare that 'the Jewish people were ready with a truce.'

THE LOGISTICAL SUPPORT OF THE EASTERN BLOC

In the context of the embargo imposed upon Palestinian belligerents—Jewish and Arab alike—and the dire lack of goods in Palestine, Soviet premier Joseph Stalin 's decision to not adhere to the embargo and to support the country by exporting Czechoslovakian goods to it played a role in the war that was differently appreciated. However, Syria
Syria
too bought from Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
a quantity of arms for the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
but the shipment never arrived due to Hagana force intervention.

Motivations advanced as possibly being those behind Stalin's choice include his support towards the UN Partition plan and his interest in financially aiding Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
to lessen their financial frustration after he refused to allow them to receive Marshall Plan assistance.

The extent of this support and the concrete role that it played is up for debate. Figures advanced by historians tend to vary. Yoav Gelber spoke of 'small deliveries from Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
arriving by air from April 1948 onwards' whereas various historians have argued that there was an unbalanced level of support in favour of Yishuv , given that the Palestinian Arabs did not benefit from an equivalent level of Soviet support. In any case, the embargo that was extended to all Arab states in May 1948 by the UN Security Council
UN Security Council
caused great problems to them.

ARAB LEADERS\' REFUSAL OF DIRECT INVOLVEMENT

Arab leaders did what they possibly could to avoid being directly involved ' in support for the Palestinian cause.

At the Arab League summit of October 1947, in Aley , the Iraqi general, Ismail Safwat, painted a realist picture of the situation. He underlined the better organization and greater financial support of the Jewish people in comparison to the Palestinians. He recommended the immediate deployment of the Arab armies at the Palestinian borders, the dispatching of weapons and ammunition to the Palestinians, and the contribution of a million pounds of financial aid to them. His proposals were rejected, other than the suggestion to send financial support, which was not followed up on. Nonetheless, a techno-military committee was established to coordinate assistance to the Palestinians. Based in Cairo
Cairo
, it was directed by Sawfat, who was supported by Lebanese and Syrian officers and representatives of the Higher Arab Committee. A Transjordian delegate was also appointed, but he did not participate in meetings.

At the December 1947 Cairo
Cairo
summit, under pressure by public opinion, the Arab leaders decided to create a military command that united all the heads of all the major Arab states, headed by Safwat. They still ignored his calls for financial and military aid, preferring to defer any decision until the end of the Mandate, but, nevertheless, decide to form the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
, which would go into action in the following weeks. On the night of 20–21 January 1948, around 700 armed Syrians entered Palestine via Transjordan. In February 1948, Safwat reiterated his demands, but they fell on deaf ears: the Arab governments hoped that the Palestinians, aided by the Arab Liberation Army, could manage on their own until the International community renounced the partition plan.

THE ARMS PROBLEM

CIVIL WAR BEGINNING (UNTIL 1 APRIL 1948)

Sten
Sten
submachine gun

The Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
was, in theory, financed and equipped by the Arab League . A budget of one million pounds sterling had been promised to them, due to the insistence of Ismail Safwat. In reality, though, funding never arrived, and only Syria
Syria
truly supported the Arab volunteers in concrete terms. Syria
Syria
bought from Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
a quantity of arms for the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
but the shipment never arrived due to Hagana force intervention.

According to Lapierre "> Theatre of Operation of each Haganah brigade.

After 'having gotten the Jews of Palestine and of elsewhere to do everything that they could, personally and financially, to help Yishuv ,' Ben-Gurion's second greatest achievement was his having successfully transformed Haganah from being a clandestine paramilitary organization into a true army. Ben-Gurion appointed Israel
Israel
Galili to the position of head of the High Command counsel of Haganah and divided Haganah into 6 infantry brigades, numbered 1 to 6, allotting a precise theatre of operation to each one. Yaakov Dori
Yaakov Dori
was named Chief of Staff, but it was Yigael Yadin who assumed the responsibility on the ground as chief of Operations. Palmach, commanded by Yigal Allon , was divided into 3 elite brigades, numbered 10–12, and constituted the mobile force of Haganah. Ben-Gurion's attempts to retain personal control over the newly formed IDF lead later in July to The Generals\' Revolt .

On 19 November 1947, obligatory conscription was instituted for all men and women aged between 17 and 25. By end of March 21,000 people had been conscripted. On 30 March the call-up was extended to men and single women aged between 26 and 35. Five days later a General Mobilization order was issued for all men under 40.

"From November 1947, the Haganah, (...) began to change from a territorial militia into a regular army. (...) Few of the units had been well trained by December. (...) By March–April, it fielded still under-equipped battalion and brigades. By April–May, the Haganah was conducting brigade size offensive.

PLAN DALET

Main article: Plan Dalet
Plan Dalet
Yaakov Dori
Yaakov Dori
, Haganah's Chief of Staff, and his right-hand man, Yigael Yadin , Chief of Operations.

Plan Dalet
Plan Dalet
was finalized on 10 March 1948, under the direction of Yigael Yadin . 75 pages long, it laid down the rules and the objects that were to be followed by Haganah during the second phase of the war. Its principal objective was to secure Yishuv's uninterrupted territorial connections, particularly in response to the war of the roads carried out by Al-Hussayni and in preparation for the Arab states' declared intervention. Plan Dalet
Plan Dalet
caused quite a controversy among historians. Some see it as a plan that was primarily defensive and military in nature and a preparation against invasion, whereas others think that the plan was offensive in nature and aimed at conquering as much of Palestine as possible.

HAGANAH OFFENSIVE (1 APRIL – 15 MAY 1948)

The second phase of the war, which began in April, marked a huge change in direction, as Haganah moved to the offensive.

In this stage, Arab forces were composed of around 10,000 men among which between 3,000 and 5,000 foreign volunteers serving in the Arab Liberation Army . Haganah and Palmach
Palmach
forces were steadily increasing. In March, they aligned around 15,000 men and in May around 30,000 who were better equipped, trained and organized.

The armed Palestinian groups were roundly defeated, Yishuv took control of some of the principal routes that linked the Jewish settlements, and as a consequence, Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was able to receive supplies again. Palestinian society collapsed. Many mixed cities were taken by the Haganah as well as Jaffa
Jaffa
. A massive exodus was triggered.

OPERATION NACHSHON (2–20 APRIL)

Main article: Operation Nachshon
Operation Nachshon
Theatre of operations Haganah soldier in Al-Qastal
Al-Qastal
on 5 April 1948. Palestinian irregulars of the Holy War Army , approaching al-Qastal village near Jerusalem
Jerusalem
to take it back from Palmach.

At the end of March 1948, Hussayni's troops prevented supply convoys from reaching Jerusalem. The city was besieged and the Jewish population was forced to adhere to a rationing system. Ben-Gurion decided to launch the operation Nachshon to open up the city and provide supplies to Jerusalem. Operation Nachshon
Operation Nachshon
marked the Haganah shift to the offensive, even before launching plan D .

The first orders were given on 2 April 1948 with diversion attacks including Qastel. Between 5–20 April 1500 men from the Givati and Harel brigades took control of the road to Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and allowed 3 or 4 convoys to reach the city.

The operation was a military success. All the Arab villages that blocked the route were either taken or destroyed, and the Jewish forces were victorious in all their engagements. Nonetheless, not all the objectives of the operation were achieved, since only 1800 tonnes of the 3,000 envisaged were transported to the city, and two months of severe rationing had to be assumed.

Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
was killed during the night of 7–8 April, in the midst of the battles taking place in Al-Qastal
Al-Qastal
. The loss of this charismatic Palestinian leader 'disrupted the Arab strategy and organization in the area of Jerusalem.' His successor, Emil Ghuri, changed tactics: instead of provoking a series of ambushes throughout the route, he had a huge road block erected at Bab al-Wad, and Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was once again isolated as a consequence.

Operation Nachshon
Operation Nachshon
exposed the poor military organization of the Palestinian paramilitary groups. Due to lack of logistics, particularly food and ammunition, they were incapable of maintaining engagements that were more than a few hours away from their permanent bases.

Faced with these events, the Arab Higher Committee asked Alan Cunningham to allow the return of the Mufti, the only person capable of redressing the situation. Despite obtaining permission, the Mufti did not get to Jerusalem. His declining prestige cleared the way for the expansion of the influence of the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
and of Fawzi Al-Qawuqji
Fawzi Al-Qawuqji
in the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
area.

THE BATTLE OF MISHMAR HAEMEK (4–15 APRIL)

Women training at Mishmar HaEmek Jewish soldiers at the entry of the Mishmar Ha'emek, 1948 Main article: Battle
Battle
of Mishmar HaEmek

Mishmar HaEmek is a kibbutz that was founded by Mapam
Mapam
in 1930, in the Jezreel Valley , close to the road between Haifa
Haifa
and Jenin
Jenin
that passes the Megiddo kibbutz . It is situated in a place that Haganah officers considered to be on one of the most likely axes of penetration for a 'major Arab attack' against the Yishuv.

On 4 April, the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
launched an attack on the kibbutz with the support of artillery. The attack was fought off by the members of the kibbutz, who were supported by Haganah soldiers. The artillery fire that had almost totally destroyed the kibbutz was stopped by a British column, who arrived on the scene by order of General MacMillan, and, on 7 April, Fawzi Al-Qawuqji
Fawzi Al-Qawuqji
accepted a 24-hour ceasefire , but required that the kibbutz be surrendered. The inhabitants of the kibbutz evacuated their children, and, after having consulted Tel Aviv, refused to surrender.

On 8 or 9 April, Haganah prepared a counter-offensive. Yitzhak Sadeh was put in charge of operations, with the order to 'clean out' the region. The battle lasted until 15 April. Sadeh's men besieged all the villages around the kibbutz, and the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
had to retreat to its bases in Jabba. The majority of the inhabitants of the region fled, but those who did not were either imprisoned or expelled to Jenin. The villages were plundered by some kibbutznikim and razed to the ground with explosives with accordance to Plan Dalet
Plan Dalet
· .

According to Morris , the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
soldiers were demoralized by reports of the Deir Yassin massacre and the death of Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
. Throughout battle, they had generally been forced to withdraw and to abandon the people of the villages. Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins report that Joshua Palmon , head of a unit of 6 men, failed to seize invaluable pieces of artillery, and they depict the events as a débâcle for which Fawzi Al-Qawuqji offered extravagant excuses, declaring in particular that the Jewish forces has 120 tanks, six squadrons of fighter and bomber aircraft and that they were supported by a regiment of gentile Russian volunteers. According to Morris, "according to Ben-Gurion, some 640 Haganah soldiers had faced about twenty-five hundred ALA troops, with superior firepower—and bested them". When the battle finished, Palmach forces continued 'cleaning' operations until 19 April, destroying several villages and forcing those who inhabited them to flee. Some villages were also evacuated under the instruction of Arab authorities.

In May, Irgun engaged in several operations in the region, razing a number of villages and killing some of their inhabitants, as did some detachments from the Golani and Alexandroni brigades.

DEIR YASSIN MASSACRE

Main article: Deir Yassin massacre

Deir Yassin is a village located 5 kilometres west of Jerusalem. On 9 April 1948, independently of operation Nachshon, around 120 Irgun and Lehi men attacked the village. They massacred between 100 and 120 inhabitants of the village, mostly civilians. The Haganah had approved the attack and assisted in it, but was not involved in the massacre.

The massacre led to indignation from the international community, the more so since the press of the time reported that the death toll was 254. Ben-Gurion roundly condemned it, as did the principal Jewish authorities: the Haganah , the Great Rabbinate and the Jewish Agency for Israel
Israel
, who sent a letter of condemnation, apology and condolence to King Abdullah I of Jordan
Jordan
.

According to Morris , "the most important immediate effect of the atrocity and the media campaign that followed it was how one started to report the fear felt in Palestinian towns and villages, and, later, the panicked fleeing from them." Another important repercussion was within the Arab population of neighbouring Arab states, which, once again, increased its pressure on the representatives of these states to intervene and come to the aid of the Palestinian Arabs.

HADASSAH MEDICAL CONVOY MASSACRE

Main article: Hadassah medical convoy massacre

On 13 April, partly in revenge for the Deir Yassin massacre, a convoy that was driving towards Jerusalem\'s Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus was attacked by hundreds of Arabs. In the seven-hour battle 79 Jews were killed including doctors and patients. Thirteen British soldiers were present, but they stood by, only putting in a perfunctory attempt at intervention in the last moments of the massacre.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jack Churchill
Jack Churchill
was present at the scene, and later testified that he had attempted to assist the Hadassah convoy by radioing for support, only for the request to be turned down.

THE BATTLE OF RAMAT YOHANAN AND THE DEFECTION OF THE DRUZE

Following the 'fiasco' of Mishmar HaEmek, Fawzi Al-Qawuqji
Fawzi Al-Qawuqji
ordered the Druze regiment of the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
into action, to carry out diversion operations. Druze soldiers took position in several Arab villages 12 kilometres to the east of Haifa, whence they occasionally attacked traffic and Jewish settlements, including Ramat Yohanan .

The Kibbutznikim and the Haganah soldiers that supported them forced back their attacks and razed the villages from which they launched their attacks. Having run out of ammunition, the Druze withdrew to their base in Shefa-\'Amr , with one hundred casualties. After an initial failure, a battalion-sized Carmeli force on the night of 15–16 April overran the two villages. The Druze Battalion, on 16 April assaulted the Carmeli positions nine times but the Carmeli troops fought back. By afternoon, the exhausted Druze troops retreated. An Haganah report praised “the well trained and very brave enemy forces.”

The Druze had already made contact on several occasions with Yishuv agents and following their defeat at Ramat Yohanan, the Druze officers offered to defect and to join the ranks of Haganah. This proposition was discussed with Yigael Yadin , who refused the proposal but suggested that they could help to carry out sabotage operations behind the backs of the Arabs and to influence their comrades into deserting the army. By the start of May, 212 Wahab soldiers deserted. Taking into account the attitude of his men, Wahab met with Jewish liaison officers on 9 May and agreed to cooperate with Haganah. The two parties avoided clashes, and Wahab created a neutral enclave in the centre of Galilee
Galilee
. Wahab's army did not respond to calls for it to help fight Haganah's occupation of Acre , and avoided being present while Haganah occupied the police fortress of Shefa-'Amr during its evacuation by the British.

The position that the Druze took influenced their fate after the war. Given the good relationship between the Druze and Yishuv from 1930 onwards despite their collaboration with the Arab Higher Council and the Arab League , Ben-Gurion insisted that the Druze, as well as the Circassians and the Maronites benefit from a different position to that of the other Arabs.

THE SIEGE OF MIXED LOCALITIES

In the context of Plan Dalet, mixed urban centres, or those on the borders of the Jewish state, were attacked and besieged by Jewish forces. Tiberias
Tiberias
was attacked on 10 April and fell six days later; Haifa
Haifa
fell on 23 April, after only one day of combat (Operation Bi\'ur Hametz ), and Jaffa
Jaffa
was attacked on 27 April but fell only after the British abandoned it ( Operation Hametz
Operation Hametz
). Safed
Safed
and Beisan
Beisan
(Operation Gideon ) fell on 11 May and 13 May respectively, within the framework of Operation Yitfah, and Acre fell on 17 May, within the framework of Operation Ben-Ami.

The Arab inhabitants of these towns fled or were expelled en masse. In these 6 cities, only 13,000 of the total of 177,000 Arab inhabitants remained by the end of May. This phenomenon ricocheted also in the suburbs and the majority of the zone's Arab villages.

OPERATION YIFTAH (20 APRIL – 24 MAY)

Main article: Operation Yiftach Theatre of operations

Galilee
Galilee
Panhandle , a zone in northeastern Galilee
Galilee
, between the Lake Tiberias
Tiberias
and Metula , was the Jewish-controlled area that was the most distant and isolated from the area most densely populated by Jews, the coastal plain. The presence of the Lebanese border to the north, the Syrian border to east and the Arab presence in the rest of Galilee made it a probable target for intervention of the Arab armies. Within the framework of the Dalet plan, Yigael Yadin entrusted Yigal Allon , commander of the Palmach
Palmach
, with the responsibility of managing Operation Yiftah, whose objectives were to control all the aforementioned area and consolidate it ahead of the Arab attack that was planned for 15 May.

Allon was in charge the 1st and 3rd Palmach
Palmach
battalions , which had to face the populace of Safed
Safed
and several dozen Arab villages. The situation was made more problematic by the presence of the British, although they began their evacuation of the area. According to his analysis, it was essential that they empty the zone of any Arab presence to completely protect themselves; the exodus would also encumber the roads that the Arab forces would have to penetrate.

On 20 April, Allon launched a campaign that mixed propaganda, attacks, seizing control of strongholds that the British had abandoned, and destroying conquered Arab villages. On 1 May, a counter-offensive was launched by Arab militiamen against Jewish settlements but was ultimately unsuccessful. On 11 May, Safed
Safed
fell, and the operation finished on 24 May after the villages of the valley of Hula were burnt down. Syrian forces' planned offensive in the area failed and, by the end of June, Galilee
Galilee
panhandle from Tiberias
Tiberias
to Metula, incorporating Safed, was emptied of all its Arab population.

MEETING OF GOLDA MEIR AND KING ABDULLAH I OF JORDAN (10 MAY)

Golda Meir
Golda Meir
in 1943

On 10 May, Golda Meir
Golda Meir
and Ezra Danin secretly went to Amman
Amman
, to the palace of King Abdullah to discuss the situation with him. The situation that Abdullah found himself in was difficult. On one hand, his personal ambitions, the promises made by the Yishuv in November 1947 and the British approval of these promises pushed him to consider annexing the Arab part of Palestine without intervening against the future state of Israel. On the other hand, the pressure exerted by his people in reaction to the massacre of Deir Yassin, combined with their feelings with regard to the Palestinian exodus and his agreements with other members of the Arab League pushed him to be more strongly involved in the war against Israel. He also found himself in a position of power, having the benefit of military support from not only the Arab League, but the British. In his diary, Ben-Gurion wrote about Golda Meir's reaction to the meeting:

“ We met amicably. He was very worried and looks terrible. He did not deny that there had been talk and understanding between us about a desirable arrangement, namely that he would take the Arab part . (...) But Abdullah had said that he could now, on 10 May, only offer the Jews "autonomy" within an enlarged Hashemite kingdom. He added that while he was not interested in invading the areas allocated for Jewish statehood, the situation was volatile. But he voiced the hope that Jordan
Jordan
and the Yishuv would conclude a peace agreement once the dust had settled. ”

Historical analyses of the motivations and conclusions of this meeting differ. According to Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins – as well as Israeli historiographers – the intention behind the Yishuv's negotiation was to obtain a peace treaty and avoid an attack by Arab forces. At that time, the balance of power was not favourable for them, but Meir did not manage to convince the King. King Abdullah of Jordan
Jordan

According to Morris, Abdullah 'reconsidered the promises that he made in November to not be opposed to the partition plan,' but left Meir with the impression that he would make peace with the Jewish state once the civil war had finished.

Avi Shlaim spoke of a 'tacit' agreement to prevent the division of Palestine with the Palestinians, arguing the idea that there was a collusion between the Hashemite Kingdom and Yishuv. The historian Yoav Gelber , however, rejected this idea and devoted an entire work to dismounting it.

Pierre Razoux indicated that 'the majority of experts consider it probable' that Ben-Gurion and King Abdullah had an understanding over dividing Palestine, and that only the pressure from the Arab states on Abdullah constrained him from following up on his promise. According to Razoux, this idea explains the attitude of the British, who, following this plan, would thereby fulfill the promises made by Arthur Balfour to the Yishuv and the Hashemite empire at the same time. He states that the presence of Arab Legion troops, before 15 May, near strategic positions held by the British is in this way easy to understand.

Ilan Pappé stressed that neither Abdullah's ministers, nor the Arab world itself, seemed to be privy to the discussions held between him and the Yishuv, even if his ambitions on Palestine were widely known. He also stated that Sir Alec Kirkbride and Glubb Pasha thought at the time that, at the very least, Azzam Pasha , the Secretary of the Arab League, must have known about Abdullah's double game.

It is certain, on the other hand, that Golda Meir
Golda Meir
and King Abdullah did not come to an agreement on the status of Jerusalem. On 13 May, the Arab Legion took Kfar Etzion , strategically located halfway along the road between Hebron
Hebron
and Jerusalem. On 17 May, Abdullah ordered Glubb Pasha , commander of the Arab Legion, to launch an attack against the Holy City.

KFAR ETZION MASSACRE

Main article: Kfar Etzion massacre Theatre of operations Jewish prisoners taken after the fall of Gush Etzion

Kfar Etzion is a group of four settlements established on the strategic route between Hebron
Hebron
and Jerusalem, right in the middle of Arab inhabited territory. It had 400 inhabitants at the end of 1947. After the adoption of Resolution 181(II), it was the object of Arab attacks. Ben-Gurion reinforced it on 7 December, protecting it with a Palmach
Palmach
division, but on 8 January, he authorized the evacuation of the women and children of the settlements.

After 26 March, the last date on which a supply convoy successfully reached it, despite heavy losses of life, the defenders were completely isolated.

On 12 May, Arab Legion units started to attack the settlements. The motivations advanced include their desire to protect one of their last supply convoys before the embargo took effect, which had to travel down the road by Kfar Etzion. Another theory is that the block of settlements obstructed the deployment of the Legion in the area around Hebron, whose attack was one of Abdullah's principal objectives. External defences fell quickly, and, on 13 May, the first kibbutz was captured, and those who were taken prisoner were massacred; only four survived. Of the 131 defenders, 127, including 21 women, were killed, or massacred after they surrendered. The other three establishments surrendered, and the kibbutzim were first plundered, then razed to the ground. In March 1949 320 prisoners from the Etzion settlements were released from the " Jordan
Jordan
POW camp at Mafrak", including 85 women.

The events that took place at Kfar Etzion made apparent the limitations of the policy prohibiting evacuation. Although it was effective during civil war, when facing militias, isolated Jewish settlements could not resist the firepower of a regular army, and an evacuation could have made it possible to avoid the captivity or death of those who defended the settlements.

According to Yoav Gelber, the fall and massacre of Kfar Etzion influenced Ben-Gurion's decision to engage the Arab Legion on its way to Jerusalem, although the Haganah General Staff were divided about whether the Legion should be challenged inside Jerusalem
Jerusalem
itself as such a move could harm the Jews in the city. Ben-Gurion left the final decision to Shaltiel. The battle for Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was thus set in motion.

JERUSALEM: OPERATIONS YEVUSI "> Palmach
Palmach
soldiers attack the San Simon monastery in Katamon, Jerusalem, April 1948 (battle reconstruction) Bevingrad, centre of the British security zone in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Main article: Operation Yevusi
Operation Yevusi
Main article: Operation Kilshon

Operation Yevusi
Operation Yevusi
lasted two weeks, from 22 April 1948 to 3 May 1948. Not all objectives were achieved before the British enforced a cease-fire. A Palmach
Palmach
force occupied the strategically located San Simon monastery in Katamon . Arab irregulars attacked the monastery and a heavy battle evolved. Both sides had a lot of wounded and killed fighters. The Palmach
Palmach
considered a retreat while the wounded fighters would blow themselves up, but then it was realized that the Arab force was exhausted and could not continue the fighting. As a result, the Arab residents left the suburb and the southern besieged Jewish suburbs were released.

The Haganah intended to capture the Old City during the final days of the Mandate. Its attacks on the seam between East and West Jerusalem from 13–18 May (known as Operation Kilshon) were planned as the initial phase of this conquest.

In Jerusalem
Jerusalem
, the British held several strategically located security zones named "Bevingrads", at its centre. The city's radio station, telephone exchange and government hospital were located there, along with a number of barracks and the Notre Dame hostel, which dominated the city. One of the main objectives of Operation Kilshon was to take control of these zones of strategic importance while the British withdrew. On 13 May the Haganah extended its control of the Old City's Jewish Quarter and on 14th (having obtained the precise schedule of the evacuation with British complicity) took control of the Bevingrads, including the central post office and the Russian Church compound at 04:00. They surprised the Arab troops, who offered no resistance.

A secondary objective of Operation Kilshon was to simultaneously create a continuous frontline between the various isolated Jewish localities. For this aim, Brigadier General David Shaltiel, Haganah's former envoy to Europe, was deployed along with a troop of 400 Haganah soldiers and 600 militia soldiers. Emil Ghuri, the new leader of the Army of the Holy War, also envisaged taking these districts and mobilized 600 soldiers for the mission, but prepared no specific operation.

The secondary aim was also successful. In the North of the city, Jewish forces seized Arab-populated Sheikh Jarrah, made a connection with Mount Scopus , and took the villages surrounding the American colony. In the South, they ensured the connection of the German and Greek colonies with Talpiot and Ramat Rahel, after having taken the Allenby barracks. A Palmach
Palmach
unit even re-established contact with the Jewish district in the Old City via the Zion Gate
Zion Gate
.

The irregular Arabic forces were rendered impotent and yielded to panic, calling the situation hopeless and announcing the imminent fall of the city.

OPERATION BEN-AMI (13–22 MAY)

Theatre of operations Main article: Operation Ben-Ami Air dropping supplies to besieged Yehiam , 1948

Within the framework of Plan Dalet
Plan Dalet
, Yigael Yadin intended to make a breakthrough in the west of Galilee
Galilee
, wherein a number of isolated Jewish settlements were situated. This zone, which covers the land from Acre all the way to the Lebanese border , was allocated to the Arabs by the Partition plan, but was on the road through which Lebanese forces intended to enter into Palestine.

The command of this operation was entrusted to Moshe Carmel, head of the Carmeli brigade. It consisted of two phases: the first began on the evening of 13 May, when a column of Haganah's armoured vehicles and lorries advanced along the coast with no resistance. The forces of the Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
fled without entering battle, and the first phase of the operation finished when Acre was taken on 18 May. In the second phase, from 19 May to 21 May, troops went as far as the Yehi'am kibbutz by the Lebanese border, connecting it and conquering and destroying a number of Arab villages on the way.

MAIN WAVE OF THE PALESTINIAN ARAB EXODUS

Main articles: 1948 Palestinian exodus
1948 Palestinian exodus
and Causes of the 1948 Palestinian exodus Palestinian Arab refugees in 1948

Haganah's move to offensive operations during the second phase of the war was accompanied by a huge exodus that involved 350,000 Arab refugees, adding to the 100,000 displaced during the First wave. The term 'Palestinian exodus' is often used to refer to both these and two subsequent waves. These two waves gained a considerable amount of press interest and were widely relayed in the press of the time, more so than most other Palestine-related events.

The causes of and responsibility for this exodus are highly controversial topics among commentators on the conflict and even historians who specialize in this era. Among the various possible causes, Efraim Karsh attributes the exodus mainly to Arab authorities' instructions to escape, whereas others argue that a policy of expulsion had been organized by the Yishuv authorities and implemented by Haganah. Others yet reject these two assumptions and see the exodus as the cumulative effect of all the civil war's consequences.

PREPARATIONS MADE BY THE ARAB LEAGUE

During the last meeting of the Arab League in February 1948, the Arab leaders expressed their convictions in the capacity of the Arab Liberation Army to help the Palestinians and to force the international community to give up on the UN-backed partition plan. The following summit took place in Cairo
Cairo
on 10 April, with the situation having clearly developed with the death of Al-Hussayni and the debacle at Mishmar Ha'emek.

Once again, Ismail Safwat called for the immediate deployment of the Arab state armies at the borders of Palestine, and for the need to go beyond the established policy of participating in little more than small-scale raids towards taking part in large-scale operations. For the first time, the Arab leaders discussed the possibility of intervening in Palestine.

Syria
Syria
and Lebanon
Lebanon
declared themselves ready to intervene immediately, but King Abdullah refused to let the Arab Legion forces intervene immediately in favour of the Palestinians, a move which irritated the Secretary-General of the League, who declared that Abdallah only cedes to the British diktat.

Nonetheless, Abdullah declared himself ready to send the Legion to assist the Palestinian cause after 15 May. In response, Syria
Syria
insisted that the Egyptian army also take part, and, in spite of the opposition of Egypt's prime minister, King Farouk responded favourably to the Syrian request, but due to his aim of curbing the Jordanians\' hegemonic goals rather than his desire to help the Palestinians.

Later on, following the visit of several Palestinian dignitaries in Amman
Amman
, and despite the opposition of Syria
Syria
and the Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Azzam Pasha accepted Abdullah's proposition and sent Ismail Safwat to Amman
Amman
to organize a coordination between the Arab Liberation Army and Jordan's Arab Legion. It was decided that command over the operations would be reserved for King Abdullah, and that the Iraqis would deploy a brigade in Transjordan to prepare for intervention on 15 May.

On 26 April, the 'intention to occupy Palestine' was officially announced at the Transjordanian parliament and the Jewish people were 'invited to place themselves beneath King Abdullah's jurisdiction.' The intention to spare their lives was also promised. Yishuv perceived this declaration as being one of war and encourages the Western world to pressure the King, through diplomatic means, to prevent his intervention.

On 30 April, Jordanians, Egyptians and Iraqis disputed the command of Abdullah. Abdullah received the honorary title of Commander-in-Chief , while the Iraqi general, Aldine Nur Mahmud, was named Chief of Staff. Despite this show of unity, it was agreed that each army would act independent of each other in the theatre of operations.

On 4 May, the Iraqi task force arrived at Mafraq
Mafraq
. It was composed of a regiment of armoured tanks, a regiment of mechanized infantry, and twenty-four artillery weapons, and included 1500 men. The Egyptians formed two brigades, deploying around 700 men into the Sinai
Sinai
. The Syrians could not put together a better force, whereas the Lebanese announced that they could not take part in military operations on 10 May.

It was only two days before, on 8 May, that the British Foreign Office was certain of the Arab invasion. Whereas British analysts considered that all Arab armies, except the Arab Legion, were not prepared for the engagements to come, the Egyptian officers claimed that their advance would be 'a parade with the least risk,' and that their army 'would be in Tel Aviv after just two weeks.'

The state of preparation of the army was such that they did not even have maps of Palestine. At the time, the final plans of invasion had not even been established yet. British leaders tried in vain to make the Arab leaders reconsider their decision, and Ismail Safwat resigned in indifference, but the Arab states seemed resolute. On 15 May 1948, the Arab League announced officially that it would intervene in Palestine to guarantee the security and right to self-determination of the inhabitants of Palestine in an independent state.

RESULTS AND AFTERMATH

Zones controlled by Yishuv by 20 May 1948, with comparison to zones held some five months earlier.

According to Benny Morris , the result of these five and a half months of fighting was a "decisive Jewish victory". On one side, the "Palestinian Arab military power was crushed" and most of the population in the combat zones was fleeing or had been driven out. On the other side, the " Haganah transformed from a militia into an army" and succeeded "in consolidating its hold on a continuous strip of territory embracing the Coastal Plain, the Jezreel Valley, and the Jordan
Jordan
Valley". The Yishuv proved it had the capability to defend itself, persuading the United States
United States
and the remainder of the world to support it and the "victory over the Palestinian Arabs gave the Haganah the experience and self-confidence to confront the invading armies of the Arab states."

According to Yoav Gelber , During the six weeks between the Hagannah offensive in 1 April and the invasion of the Arab armies the Arabs were defeated in almost every front. The Jewish forces captured four cities ( Tiberias
Tiberias
, Jaffa
Jaffa
, Safed
Safed
and Haifa
Haifa
) and 190 villages, most of their residents fled. The refugees flooded Samaria , central Galilee
Galilee
, Mount Hebron
Hebron
region, Gaza region, as well as Transjordan , Lebanon
Lebanon
and southern Syria
Syria
. The defeat of the Palestinian forces and the ALA, the Arab League saw no other option than to invade by the end of the British Mandate. The process of deciding to invade and preparing for the attack began two or three weeks before the end of the Mandate, when the level of the defeat was revealed and it was clear the ALA could not prevent it.

Although the Haganah was a poorly armed ragtag Jewish militia, its offensive of the last weeks went well because Arab villages did not came to the help of their neighboring Arab villages or towns. Moreover, only few young Arab men from untouched areas (e.g. Nablus, Hebron) participated in the fighting in Jerusalem, Haifa
Haifa
etc. Anwar Nusseibeh , a supporter of the Mufti, said the Mufti
Mufti
refused to issue arms to anyone except his loyal supporters and only recruited loyal supporters for the forces of the Holy War Army . This partially accounts for the absence of an organized Arab force and for the insufficient amount of arms, which plagued the Arab defenders of Jerusalem.

On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, on behalf of the Jewish leadership, declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel
Israel
, to be known as the State of Israel
Israel
. The 1948 Palestine war entered its second phase with the intervention of the Arab state armies and the beginning of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War
1948 Arab-Israeli War
.

SEE ALSO

* Partition of the Ottoman Empire
Partition of the Ottoman Empire
* British Mandate for Palestine * List of modern conflicts in the Middle East

FOOTNOTES

* ^ T.G Fraser, 'The Arab Israeli Conflict', (Basingstoke, Palgrave Mcmillan, 2004), pp.40, 41. * ^ A B C Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 85 * ^ Benny Morris , The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, 2004, p. 35 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2004) p. 104 * ^ Resolution 181 (II). Future government of Palestine A/RES/181(II)(A+B) 29 November 1947 Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine . * ^ Melvin I. Urofsky (January 1982). A voice that spoke for justice: the life and times of Stephen S. Wise. SUNY Press. pp. 282–. ISBN 978-0-87395-538-6 . Retrieved 3 May 2011. * ^ Charles Herbert Levermore; Denys Peter Myers (1921). Yearbook of the League of Nations. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. pp. 63–. Retrieved 3 May 2011. * ^ Benny Morris (2008) , p. 180 and further * ^ Morris,2008, pp. 236,237,247,253, 254 * ^ Henry Laurens, La Question de Palestine, volume 2, Fayard, Paris 2002 pp.571-572. * ^ Walid Khalidi. "Before their Diaspora." IPS 1984. ISBN 0-88728-143-5 . p. 253. Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947–1949, 2004 p. 343. Morris gives no precise date or number of casualties but describes the house as "suspected of being an Arab terrorist headquarters." He also states that on 20 May 1947 the Palamach blew up a coffee house in Fajja after the murder of two Jews in Petah Tikva. * ^ Morris 2004 p.343:9 December 1947, the Givati brigade blew up a house in the village of Karatiyya ; on 11 December a house was blown up in Haifa's Wadi Rishmiya neighbourhood. On 18 December 1947, two houses were destroyed by the Palmach
Palmach
in a raid on Khisas in the Galilee; On 19 December, the house of the mukhtar of Qazaza was partially demolished to revenge the murder of a Jew; On December 26, several houses were blown up in Silwan
Silwan
; on 27 December 3 houses were blown up in Yalu ; On 4 January 1948 Etzioni blew up the Christian-owned Semiramis Hotel in Jerusalem's Katamon quarter. * ^ "A/RES/181(II) of 29 November 1947". domino.un.org. 1947. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012. * ^ Extracts from Time Magazine of that time Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 17 * ^ This expression is taken from Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 111 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , p. 65 * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 111 * ^ A B Morris 2008, p. 76 * ^ A B Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 30 * ^ A B Benny Morris (2003) , p. 101 * ^ B. Morris, 2004, The Birth of the Palestinian refugee
Palestinian refugee
problem revisited, p. 66 * ^ The Palestine Post of 31 December 1947: Archives of the newspaper Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Benny Morris (2008) , p. 101 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 24 * ^ Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 36 * ^ The Times, 1 March 1948 * ^ Newspapers of the time: The Palestine Post , 1 April 1948 and The Times , on the same day, attribute the incident to Lehi. * ^ A B Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , chap. 7, pp. 131–153 * ^ A B C Benny Morris (2003) , p. 163 * ^ Khalidi, Walid (1998). "Selected Documents on the 1948 Palestine War" (PDF). p. 70. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 November 2013. * ^ A B C D E Henry Laurens (2005) , p. 83 * ^ A B Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 163 * ^ A B C Benny Morris (2003) , p. 67 * ^ A B Yoav Gelber (2006) , pp. 51–56 * ^ Benny Morris (2008) , p. 112 * ^ Ilan Pappe (2006) , p. 72. * ^ Yoav Gelber (2004) , p. 67 * ^ Special UN report Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite by the United Nations
United Nations
Special Commission (16 February 1948), § II.5 * ^ A B Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 34 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 8 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 28 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 214 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , pp. 122–123 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , pp. 36–37 * ^ Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 27 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 37 * ^ A B Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 26 * ^ Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 26 * ^ Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 38 * ^ A B C Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 27 * ^ A B Pierre Razoux (2006) , p. 66 * ^ A B C Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 40 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , p. 254 * ^ United Nations
United Nations
Special Commission (16 February 1948) , § II.9.c * ^ Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins (1971) , p. 185 * ^ This policy would change; at the end of the mandate, the High Commissioner, Alan Cunningham , opposed the deployment of Arab Legion troops into the territory and threatened the Arab states with RAF intervention if they grouped their forces around the border or crossed it. ( Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 115) * ^ L. Carl Brown, Diplomacy in the Middle East: The International Relations of Regional and Outside powers, I.B.Tauris, 2004, pp. 26-27. * ^ United Nations
United Nations
Special Commission (16 February 1948) , § II.7 * ^ Shishakli would seize the power in Syria
Syria
between 29 October 1951 and 25 February 1954 ( Henry Laurens (2005) , pp. 115–116) * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 51 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 55 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 56 * ^ A B United Nations
United Nations
Special Commission (16 February 1948) , § II.7.3 * ^ United Nations
United Nations
Special Commission (16 February 1948) , § II.6 * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 113 * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 113, quoting Milstein, Milhemet, vol. 2, p. 47 * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 125 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p.77 * ^ Henry Laurens (2005) , p. 84 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p.71 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , p. 13 * ^ See the entry at 1 April 1948 Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , pp. 71–73 * ^ See here * ^ A B C Yoav Gelber (1 January 2006). Palestine 1948: War, Escape And The Emergence Of The Palestinian Refugee Problem. Sussex Academic Press. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-84519-075-0 . Retrieved 13 July 2013. The ALA’s diverse supply sources created a bizarre arsenal that caused serious logistic problems and rendered maintenance an impossible task. Munitions were often of low quality, damaging the barrels and failing to function when necessary. In December 1947 Syria
Syria
bought a quantity of small arms from the Skoda plant in Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
for the ALA. Jewish saboteurs blew up the ship that carried the cargo to the Middle East and sank it in the Italian port of Bari. The arms were later salvaged and reshipped in August 1948 to Syria
Syria
— this time for arming Palestinian combatants — but the Israeli navy intercepted the freight and seized the weapons. * ^ For a discussion of the motivation of Czech aide, check L\'aide militaire tchèque à Israël, 1948 Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 14 * ^ See for example the résumé of an article by Arnold Krammer L\'aide militaire tchèque à Israël, 1948. Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 13 * ^ 17 April 1948 resolution Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ This term is important. Pappé underlined that they were not ready 'to have their own troops intervene' in the conflict, but that they would rather follow other solutions, such as delegating the task to a voluntary force, like the Arab Liberation Army, that they financed. * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 146 * ^ A B C Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 147 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 5 * ^ UN Security Council
UN Security Council
270th meeting report Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 137 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 305 * ^ Yoav Gelber (1 January 2006). Palestine 1948: War, Escape And The Emergence Of The Palestinian Refugee Problem. Sussex Academic Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-84519-075-0 . Retrieved 13 July 2013. to avoid dependence on the population for supplies, and preclude possible intimidation of locals to donate provisions, the League’s military committee had arranged to furnish the troops’ rations through special contractors. This semblance of logistics apparently marked significant progress in comparison with the 1936—9 rebellion. Introducing medical services for the combatants and the population made an impression on both the British and the Jews. * ^ Benny Morris (2008), p.90. * ^ A B Yoav Gelber (1 January 2006). Palestine 1948: War, Escape And The Emergence Of The Palestinian Refugee Problem. Sussex Academic Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-84519-075-0 . Retrieved 13 July 2013. The British blockade of the Palestinian coast prevented any substantial increase of these quantities until mid-May. Concurrently, the Arabs succeeded in smuggling into the country small arms that their emissaries had purchased in neighbouring countries. The ALA brought a certain number of support arms and a few artillery pieces and armoured vehicles. Although the gap narrowed, the picture did not materially change, and the Haganah continued to maintain its relative edge. * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 38 * ^ http://www.עמותת-חיל-החימוש.co.il/?section=217#_ftn19 Archived 11 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine . produced sten sub machine guns, 2" and 3" mortars and ammunition * ^ Dov Joseph, The Faithful City – The Siege of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
1948. Library of Congress number 60 10976. p. 8: "For example, all the land mines used against Rommel came from Jewish factories in Palestine." * ^ Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 25 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , Chap. 12 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , p. 240 * ^ A B Morris,2008, p.117, "The first shipment—of two hundred rifles, forty MG-34 machine guns, and 160,000 bullets—secretly landed during the night of 31 March–1 April at a makeshift airfield at Beit Daras in a chartered American Skymaster cargo plane.29 A second and far larger shipment, covered with onions and potatoes— of forty-five hundred rifles and two hundred machine guns, along with five million bullets—arrived at Tel Aviv port aboard the Nora on 2 April. (A third shipment—consisting of ten thousand rifles, 1,415 machine guns, and sixteen million rounds— reached the Yishuv by sea on 28 April.) Before this, the Haganah high command had had to “borrow” weapons from local units for a day or two for specific operations, and the units (and settlements) were generally reluctant to part with weapons, quite reasonably arguing that the Arabs might attack while the weapons were on loan. Now, at last, the Haganah command had at hand a stockpile of thousands of weapons that it could freely deploy. The two shipments proved decisive. As Ben-Gurion put it at the time, “After we have received a small amount of the equipment . . . the situation is radically different in our favor.” Without doubt, of all the shipments that subsequently reached the Yishuv, none was to have greater immediate impact or historical significance." * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , et pp. 108–109 * ^ Walid Khalidi, Before Their Diaspora, Institute for Palestine Studies, Washington DC, 1991, p. 316 rapporté par Issa Fahel by Gary D. Keenan Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Pierre Razoux (2006) , p.79 et p. 523 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , pp. 109–113 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , pp. 375–376 * ^ Pierre Razoux (2006) , pp. 96, 575 * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , p.79 * ^ Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 31 * ^ Joseph, pp. 23, 38. Gives the date of the call-up as 5 December. * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 80 * ^ Levin, pp. 32, 117. Pay £P2 per month. c.f. would buy 2 lbs. of meat in Jerusalem, April 1948. p. 91. * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , pp. 16–17 * ^ Plan D
Plan D
– Master Defense Plan of the Hagana Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Walid Khalidi (5 June 1996). "Islam, the West, and Jerusalem". American Committee on Jerusalem. Archived from the original on 16 July 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2011. * ^ Benny Morris , in the Birth revisited, 2003, p. 34. * ^ Yoav Gelber , Palestine 1948, 2006, p. 51 * ^ Ilan Pappe , The ethnic cleansing of Palestine, 2006, p. 44 * ^ David Tal , War in Palestine 1948, 2004, p. 362 * ^ Benny Morris , in the Birth revisited, 2003, p. 16. * ^ Yoav Gelber , Palestine 1948, 2006, p.73. * ^ Ilan Pappe , The ethnic cleansing of Palestine, 2006, p. 44 gives the number of 50,000 with 30,000 fighting forces. * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 369 * ^ Benny Morris (2008). 1948: a history of the first Arab-Israeli war. Yale University Press. p. 116. Retrieved 13 July 2013. At the time, Ben-Gurion and the HGS believed that they had initiated a one-shot affair, albeit with the implication of a change of tactics and strategy on the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
front. In fact, they had set in motion a strategic transformation of Haganah policy. Nahshon heralded a shift from the defensive to the offensive and marked the beginning of the implementation of tochnit dalet (Plan D)—without Ben-Gurion or the HGS ever taking an in principle decision to embark on its implementation. * ^ Yoav Gelber 2006, p. 83 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 372 * ^ Benny Morris ( Benny Morris (2003) , p. 236) speaks of 3 resupply convoys but Lapierre and Collins ( Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 456) speak of a fourth convoy of 300 lorries that left Kfar Biou on the dawn of 20 April. * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 457 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 455 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 456 * ^ A B Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 89 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 403 * ^ A B Benny Morris (2003) , p. 240 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 426 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , pp. 242–243 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , The destruction of the Arab villages, pp. 342-360. * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , p. 242 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 427 * ^ Benny Morris (2008). 1948: A History of the First Arab–Israeli War. Yale University Press. p. 136. ISBN 9780300145243 . In reality, according to Ben-Gurion, some 640 Haganah soldiers had faced about twenty-five hundred ALA troops, with superior firepower—and bested them. * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , pp. 243–244 * ^ A B Benny Morris (2003) , p. 244 * ^ A B Yoav Gelber, Palestine 1948, Appendix II * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 317 * ^ A B C Benny Morris (2003) , p. 239 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 528 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , pp. 429–442 * ^ Robert Barr Smith, Fighting Jack Churchill
Jack Churchill
Survived: A Wartime Odyssey Beyond Compare World War Two History, Profiles Column, July 2005 * ^ This word is from Yoav Gelber ( Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 93) * ^ Shafa 'Amr, Khirbet Kasayir et Hawsha * ^ A B Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 93 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , p. 245 * ^ Benny Morris (2008). 1948: a history of the first Arab-Israeli war. Yale University Press. p. 137. Retrieved 15 July 2013. * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , pp. 225–226 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006), pp. 134–135 * ^ Benny Morris (2003), p. 248 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , pp. 248–250 * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , pp. 249–252 * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , p. 167 * ^ War Diary 1948–1949, ed. Elhanan Orren and Gershon Rivlin, Israël Defence Ministry Press, Tel Aviv, 1982, p. 409 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , pp. 525–530 * ^ Benny Morris (1881) , p. 221 * ^ Both theses are developed in Avi Shlaim , Collusion Across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist movement
Zionist movement
and the Partition of Palestine, Columbia University Press, 1988 and in Yoav Gelber , Israeli-Jordanian dialogue, 1948–1953: cooperation, conspiracy or collusion, Sussex Academic Press, 2004. * ^ Pierre Razoux (2006) , p. 523 * ^ Ilan Pappé (2000) , pp. 168–169 * ^ Efraïm Karsh (2002) , p. 51 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 95 * ^ A B C Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 96 * ^ Official site of the kibbutz Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Benny Morris , The road to Jerusalem, p. 139 * ^ Moshe Dayan, 'The Story of My Life'. ISBN 0-688-03076-9 . Page 130. Out of a total of 670 prisoners released. * ^ Benni Morris (2008) , p. 131 * ^ A B C D Benny Morris (2002) , pp. 155–156. * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 576 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , pp. 580–582 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , pp. 575–576 * ^ According to this Israeli site with confirmation from this map from the Passia organization Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 140 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , pp. 134–135 Although the last (the Lebanese) ultimately would not engage in combat * ^ Benny Morris (2003) , pp. 252–254 * ^ See, for example, in The New York Times archives: : Despair is voiced by arab refugees * ^ Karsh, Efraim , The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Palestine War 1948. Osprey Publishing, 2002, pp. 87–92 * ^ Ilan Pappe , The Ethnic cleansing of Palestine, pp. xii–xiii. * ^ Benny Morris , The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, Oxford University Press, 2004, Conclusions. * ^ A B Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 120 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , pp. 122–123 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , pp. 124–125 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 127 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 126 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , p. 128 * ^ Yoav Gelber (2006) , pp. 126, 132 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , pp. 453–454 * ^ Dominique Lapierre et Larry Collins (1971) , p. 133 * ^ Arab League Declaration, 15 May 1948 from jewishvirtuallibrary.com. Retrieved 26 September 2007. Archived 19 December 2010 at WebCite * ^ Benny Morris , 1948, p. 179. * ^ Yoav Gelber (2004) p. 118 * ^ Morris 2008 p. 400 * ^ Musa Budeiri. "The Battle
Battle
for Jerusalem
Jerusalem
in the Memoirs of Anwar Nusseibeh". Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Quarterly File, 11-12, 2001. * ^ Israel
Israel
Ministry of Foreign Affirs: Declaration of Establishment of State of Israel: 14 May 1948. Archived 21 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine .

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FURTHER READING

* Uri Milstein , History of Israel's War of Independence: A Nation Girds for War, vol. 1, University Press of America, 1996, ISBN 978-0-7618-0372-0 * Uri Milstein , History of Israel's War of Independence: The First Month, vol. 2, University Press of America, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7618-0721-6 * Uri Milstein , History of Israel's War of Independence: The First Invasion, vol. 3, University Press of America, 1999, ISBN 978-0-7618-0769-8 * Uri Milstein , History of Israel's War of Independence: Out of Crisis Came Decision, vol. 4, University Press of America, 1999, ISBN 978-0-7618-1489-4 * Salim Tamari , Jérusalem 1948: Les faubourgs arabes et leur destin durant la guerre, Institut des études palestiniennes, 2002, ISBN 978-9953-9001-9-3

ONLINE SOURCES

* Plan Daleth from mideastweb.org * United Nations
United Nations
Special Commission, First Special Report to the Security Council: The Problem of Security in Palestine, 16 February 1948, from the United Nations
United Nations
website. * Palestine remembered Palestinian view. * Jewish Virtual Library Jewish view.

FILM

* Elie Chouraqui, Ô Jérusalem , 2006.

* v * t * e

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

PARTICIPANTS

ISRAEL

* Israel
Israel
Defense Forces * Israel
Israel
Police * Mossad * Shabak (Shin Bet)

PALESTINIANS

PRINCIPALS

* Palestinian National Authority * Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) * Fatah * Hamas

OTHER GROUPS

* al-Aqsa Brigades * DFLP * PLF * PIJ * PPSF * PFLP * PFLP-GC * PRC

THIRD-PARTY GROUPS

* Arab League * Hezbollah

INDIVIDUALS

ISRAELIS

* Moshe Arens * Ami Ayalon * Ehud Barak * Menachem Begin * Meir Dagan * Moshe Dayan
Moshe Dayan
* Avi Dichter
Avi Dichter
* Yuval Diskin * David Ben-Gurion * Efraim Halevy
Efraim Halevy
* Dan Halutz
Dan Halutz
* Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
* Golda Meir
Golda Meir
* Shaul Mofaz * Yitzhak Mordechai * Benjamin Netanyahu * Ehud Olmert
Ehud Olmert
* Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres
* Yaakov Peri * Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin
* Amnon Lipkin-Shahak * Yitzhak Shamir * Ariel Sharon * Shabtai Shavit * Moshe Ya\'alon * Danny Yatom * Zvi Zamir

PALESTINIANS

* Abu Abbas * Mahmoud Abbas * Moussa Arafat * Yasser Arafat * Yahya Ayyash * Marwan Barghouti * Mohammed Dahlan * Mohammed Deif * George Habash
George Habash
* Wadie Haddad * Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh
* Nayef Hawatmeh
Nayef Hawatmeh
* Amin al-Husayni * Ghazi Jabali * Ahmed Jibril * Abu Jihad * Salah Khalaf * Leila Khaled * Sheikh Khalil * Khaled Mashal * Zuheir Mohsen * Abu Ali Mustafa * Abu Nidal * Izz ad-Din al-Qassam
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam
* Jibril Rajoub * Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi * Ali Hassan Salameh * Salah Shehade * Ramadan Shalah
Ramadan Shalah
* Fathi Shaqaqi * Ahlam Tamimi * Ahmed Yassin
Ahmed Yassin

TIMELINE

BACKGROUND

1920–1948

* Mandatory Palestine (intercommunal conflict ) * 1920 Nebi Musa riots * 1921 Jaffa
Jaffa
riots

* 1929 Palestine riots

* Hebron
Hebron
massacre

* 1936–39 Arab revolt * 1944–47 Jewish insurgency * 1947–48 Civil War

1948–1970

* 1948 Arab–Israeli War

* massacres

* 1948–present Fedayeen insurgency

* 1951–1967 Attacks against Israeli civilians * 1950s–1960s IDF reprisal operations

* 1953 Qibya massacre
Qibya massacre
* 1956 Kafr Qasim / Khan Yunis / Rafah massacres * 1967 Six-Day War

* 1967–70 War of Attrition

* 1968 Battle
Battle
of Karameh

Palestinian insurgency

1968–1982

* 1970 Avivim school bus massacre
Avivim school bus massacre
* 1972 Sabena Flight 571 / Munich massacre / Operation "Wrath of God" (1973 Lillehammer affair ) * 1974 Kiryat Shmona massacre / Ma\'alot massacre * 1975 Savoy Hotel attack * 1976 Operation "Entebbe" * 1978 Coastal Road massacre / South Lebanon
Lebanon
conflict * 1980 Misgav Am hostage crisis
Misgav Am hostage crisis

1973–1987

* 1973 Yom Kippur War * 1975 Zion Square bombing

* 1982 Lebanon
Lebanon
War

* Siege of Beirut
Siege of Beirut

* 1984 Bus 300 affair * 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking / Operation "Wooden Leg" * 1987 Night of the Gliders

FIRST INTIFADA

1987–1991

* 1988 Tunis Raid
Tunis Raid
* 1989 Bus 405 attack * 1990 Temple Mount riots * 1990s Palestinian suicide attacks * 1994 Cave of the Patriarchs massacre

SECOND INTIFADA

2000–2005

* Palestinian rocket attacks

* list

* Palestinian suicide attacks * Israeli assassinations * 2000 October events * 2001 Santorini * 2002 Karine A / Operation "Defensive Shield" / Battle
Battle
of Jenin
Jenin
/ Battle
Battle
of Nablus / Operation "Determined Path" * 2003 Abu Hasan / Ain es Saheb airstrike * 2004 Operation "Rainbow" / Beit Hanoun raid / Operation "Days of Penitence"

2006–PRESENT

* 2006 Operation "Bringing Home the Goods" * 2008 Mercaz HaRav / Jerusalem
Jerusalem
bulldozer attack * 2009 Temple Mount riots
2009 Temple Mount riots
* 2010 Palestinian militancy campaign * 2015 Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2015–2016) * 2017 Temple Mount crisis

Gaza–Israel conflict

2006–PRESENT

* 2006 Gaza beach explosion / Gaza cross-border raid / Operation "Summer Rains" / Operation "Autumn Clouds" / Beit Hanoun shelling * 2008 Gaza– Egypt
Egypt
border breach / Operation "Hot Winter" * 2008–09 Gaza War * 2010 Gaza flotilla raid * 2012 Operation "Returning Echo" / Operation "Pillar of Defense" * 2014 Operation "Protective Edge" * 2015 Freedom Flotilla III

DIPLOMACY

TIMELINE

1948–1991

* 1948 Palestinian exodus
1948 Palestinian exodus

* depopulated Arab settlements

* 1949 Lausanne Conference

* 1967–present Israeli settlement

* settler violence * international law

1990S

* 1991 Madrid Conference * 1993/95 Oslo Accords
Oslo Accords
* 1994 Protocol on Economic Relations (Paris Protocol) * 1994 Gaza–Jericho Agreement * 1994–present US security assistance to PNA * 1997 Hebron
Hebron
Agreement * 1998 Wye River Memorandum
Wye River Memorandum
* 1999 Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum
Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum

2000S

* 2000 Camp David Summit
2000 Camp David Summit
/ Clinton Parameters * 2001 Taba Summit
Taba Summit
* 2002 Quartet established * 2003 Road Map * 2005 Israeli disengagement from Gaza * 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access
Agreement on Movement and Access
* 2006 Valley of Peace initiative
Valley of Peace initiative
* 2007 Annapolis Conference
Annapolis Conference
* 2009 Aftonbladet Israel
Israel
controversy

2010S

* 2010–11 Israeli–Palestinian peace talks * 2011 Palestine Papers
Palestine Papers
* 2013–14 Israeli–Palestinian peace talks

UNITED NATIONS

* 1947 UN Resolution 181 * 1948 UN Resolution 194 * 1967 UN Resolution 242

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Arab–Israeli conflict

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* Countries * Authorities * Organizations

Primary countries and authorities

* All-Palestine * Egypt
Egypt
* Hamas Gaza * Iraq
Iraq
* Kuwait
Kuwait
* Israel
Israel
* Jordan
Jordan
* Lebanon
Lebanon
* Palestinian National Authority * Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
* Syria
Syria

ORGANIZATIONS

ACTIVE

* Abu Nidal Organization * Amal * al-Aqsa Martyrs\' Brigades * Syrian Social Nationalist Party * Arab League * Arab Liberation Front * Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine * Fatah * Guardians of the Cedars * Hamas * Hezbollah * Jaish al-Islam * Kataeb * Lebanese Forces * al-Mourabitoun * Muslim Brotherhood * Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Palestinian Islamic Jihad
* Palestine Liberation Front * Palestine Liberation Organization * Palestinian Popular Struggle Front * Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine * Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command * Popular Resistance Committees
Popular Resistance Committees
* as-Sa\'iqa

Inactive or former

* Arab Higher Committee * Arab Liberation Army
Arab Liberation Army
* Black Hand * Black September * Haganah * Holy War Army * Irgun (Etzel) * Japanese Red Army * Lehi * Palmach
Palmach
* Revolutionary Cells * South Lebanon
Lebanon
Army

OTHER COUNTRIES

* Algeria
Algeria
* China
China
* Cuba
Cuba
* France
France
* Iran
Iran
* Kuwait
Kuwait
* Libya
Libya
* Morocco
Morocco
* North Korea
North Korea
* Norway
Norway
* Pakistan
Pakistan
* Russia
Russia
* Sudan
Sudan
* Tunisia
Tunisia
* Turkey
Turkey
* Uganda
Uganda
* United Arab Emirates * United Kingdom
United Kingdom
* United States
United States
* Venezuela
Venezuela
* Yemen
Yemen

TRANSNATIONAL

* European Union * United Nations
United Nations

FORMER STATES

* Mandatory Palestine * Soviet Union
Soviet Union
* United Arab Republic

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People

* Lester B. Pearson * Abd al-Hakim Amer * Hosni Mubarak * Gamal Abdel Nasser * Anwar Sadat * Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
* Ali Khamenei * Ruhollah Khomeini * Faisal I * Saddam Hussein * Ehud Barak * Menachem Begin * David Ben-Gurion * Moshe Dayan
Moshe Dayan
* Levi Eshkol
Levi Eshkol
* Golda Meir
Golda Meir
* Benjamin Netanyahu * Ehud Olmert
Ehud Olmert
* Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres
* Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin
* Yitzhak Shamir * Ariel Sharon * Chaim Weizmann * King Abdullah I of Jordan
Jordan
* King Abdullah II of Jordan
Jordan
* King Hussein of Jordan
Jordan
* Émile Lahoud
Émile Lahoud
* Hassan Nasrallah * Fouad Siniora
Fouad Siniora
* Recep Tayyip Erdoğan * Mona Juul * Johan Jørgen Holst * Terje Rød-Larsen * Mahmoud Abbas * Yasser Arafat * Marwan Barghouti * George Habash
George Habash
* Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh
* Haj Amin al-Husseini * Khaled Mashal * Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi * Ahmad Shukeiri
Ahmad Shukeiri
* Ahmed Yassin
Ahmed Yassin
* King Ibn Saud
Ibn Saud
of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
* King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
* King Fahd of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
* King Faisal of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
* Folke Bernadotte
Folke Bernadotte
* Hafez al-Assad * Bashar al-Assad * Shukri al-Quwatli * Salah Jadid * Ernest Bevin * Arthur Balfour * Tony Blair * Richard Crossman * Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright
* Ralph Bunche
Ralph Bunche
* George H. W. Bush * George W. Bush * Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
* Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
* Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
* Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
* Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
* Dennis Ross * Ramadan Shalah
Ramadan Shalah
* Harry S. Truman * Cyrus Vance

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Armed engagements

BACKGROUND

* 1920 Battle
Battle
of Tel Hai * 1936–39 Arab revolt * 1944 Operation ATLAS

1947–1950S

* 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine * 1948–49 Arab–Israeli War * 1950s Palestinian Fedayeen attacks ( Reprisal operations ) * 1956 Suez Crisis

1960S

* 1966 Operation Shredder * 1967 Six-Day War

* 1967–70 War of Attrition

* 1968 Battle
Battle
of Karameh

* Palestinian insurgency in South Lebanon
Lebanon

* 1968 Operation Gift

1970S–1980

* 1973 Yom Kippur War

Palestinian insurgency in South Lebanon
Lebanon

* 1972 Operation Isotope / Lod
Lod
Airport massacre / Munich Olympics massacre * 1972–79 Operation Wrath of God (Airstrike , Spring of Youth ) * 1973 Libyan
Libyan
Arab Airlines Flight 114 * 1974 Ma\'alot massacre * 1975 Savoy Operation * 1976 Operation Entebbe * 1978 Coastal Road massacre / Operation Litani * 1980 Misgav Am hostage crisis
Misgav Am hostage crisis

1980S

* 1981 Operation Opera
Operation Opera
* 1982 Lebanon
Lebanon
War * 1982–2000 South Lebanon
Lebanon
conflict * 1984 Bus 300 affair * 1985 Operation Wooden Leg

* 1987–93 First Intifada

* 1988 Mothers\' Bus rescue / Tunis raid

1990S

* 1992 Operation Bramble Bush * 1993–2008 Palestinian suicide attacks * 1993 Operation Accountability * 1996 Operation Grapes of Wrath
Operation Grapes of Wrath

2000S

* 2000–05 Al-Aqsa Intifada (Second Intifada) * 2000–06 Shebaa Farms conflict * 2001–present Rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel
Israel
* 2003 Ain es Saheb airstrike * 2006 Operation Bringing Home the Goods / Operation Summer Rains / Operation Autumn Clouds / Lebanon
Lebanon
War

* 2006–present Gaza– Israel
Israel
conflict

* 2007–08 Operation Hot Winter
Operation Hot Winter
* 2008–09 Gaza War

* 2007 Operation Orchard * 2007–present Lebanese rocket attacks

2010S

* 2010 Adaisseh skirmish / Palestinian militancy campaign

* Gaza– Israel
Israel
conflict

* 2011 Southern Israel
Israel
cross-border attacks * 2012 Operation Returning Echo / Operation Pillar of Defense
Operation Pillar of Defense
* 2014 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict * 2015 Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2015–2016)

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Diplomacy and peace proposals

TO 1948

* 1914 Damascus Protocol * 1915 McMahon–Hussein Correspondence
McMahon–Hussein Correspondence
* 1916 Sykes–Picot Agreement * 1917 Balfour Declaration * 1918 Declaration to the Seven / Anglo-French Declaration * 1919 Faisal–Weizmann Agreement * 1920 San Remo conference * 1922 Churchill White Paper
Churchill White Paper
* 1937 Peel Commission
Peel Commission
* 1939 White Paper * 1947 UN Partition Plan * 1948 American trusteeship proposal

1948–91

* 1948 UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 194 * 1949 Armistice agreements / Lausanne Conference * 1950 Tripartite Declaration * 1964 Palestinian National Covenant
Palestinian National Covenant
* 1967 Khartoum Resolution / UN Security Council
UN Security Council
(UNSC) Resolution 242 * 1973 UNSC Resolution 338 / UNSC Resolution 339 * 1974 Israel– Syria
Syria
disengagement agreement / UNSC Resolution 350 * 1978 UNSC Resolution 425 / Camp David Accords * 1979 UNSC Resolution 446 / Egypt– Israel
Israel
Peace Treaty / UNSC Resolution 452 * 1980 UNSC Resolution 478 * 1981 UNSC Resolution 497 * 1983 Israel– Lebanon
Lebanon
agreement

1991–PRESENT

* 1991 Madrid Conference * 1993 Oslo Accords
Oslo Accords
* 1994 Gaza–Jericho Agreement / Israel– Jordan
Jordan
peace treaty * 1995 Beilin-Abu Mazen agreement * 1998 Wye River Memorandum
Wye River Memorandum
* 1999 Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum
Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum
* 2000 Camp David Summit
2000 Camp David Summit
/ Clinton Parameters * 2001 Taba Summit
Taba Summit
* 2002 Beirut Summit and peace initiative / Road map * 2003 Geneva Initiative * 2004 UNSC Resolution 1559 / UNSC Resolution 1566 * 2005 UNSC Resolution 1583 / Sharm el-Sheikh Summit / Israeli disengagement from Gaza / Agreement on Movement and Access
Agreement on Movement and Access
* 2006 UNSC Resolution 1701 * 2007 Annapolis Conference
Annapolis Conference
* 2010 Israeli–Palestinian peace talks * 2013 Israeli–Palestinian peace talks

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Anti-Jewish attacks in Arab countries during the 1948 Palestine war and its aftermath

1947

* Aleppo riots (Syria) * Aden riots (Aden) * Manama riots (Bahrain)

1948

* Oujda and Jerada riots (Morocco) * 1948 Cairo
Cairo
bombings (Egypt) * 1948 Tripolitania riots (Libya)

1949

* Menarsha synagogue attack (Syria)

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