By T. G. Fraser

This transparent and concise textual content units out the elemental arguments on both sides of the clash and strains their advanced, and infrequently bloody, course in the direction of the strikes resulting in the Israeli-PLO accord. the second one version of this e-book is now completely revised and up to date to incorporate the advancements of the previous few years.

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In Galilee there was some distinction between Muslim villages 45 The Arab–Israeli Conflict and those with a largely Christian and Druse population; Nazareth, with its obvious significance for Christian opinion worldwide, was left untouched. Overall, some 30,000 Palestinian refugees left, many for Lebanon. Lydda and Ramle were attacked with particular ruthlessness. Under the partition plan the towns had been allotted to the Arab state. Strategically, they were important because of the airport at Lydda and their proximity to Tel Aviv.

In short, the Arab world in general, and Arab Palestine in particular, was in poor condition to resist the determined challenge soon to be mounted by the Zionists (Kirk, 1954; Mattar, 1988; Rogan and Shlaim, 2001). Bevin’s view that the West’s interests lay with the Arabs found a strong echo in Washington where the officials of the Department of State broadly shared the perceptions of their counterparts in the Foreign Office. The Department’s leading Arabist was the experienced diplomat, now head of the Division of Near Eastern and African Affairs, Loy W.

The honour of being first President went to Weizmann, while Ben-Gurion assumed the task of Prime Minister. The same day, the power struggle in Washington had been resolved in Truman’s favour. m. Washington time; Truman’s de facto recognition followed 11 minutes later (Ganin, 1979). The First Arab–Israeli War As American recognition was quickly followed by that of the Soviet Union, the new state could approach the dangers ahead with some confidence, for there seemed no prospect 43 The Arab–Israeli Conflict of Arab acceptance of Israel; rather their spokesman had promised ‘a line of blood and fire’.

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