By Baylis Thomas

The thesis of The darkish part of Zionism, bobbing up from new histories ignored through the media, is that either the early Zionists and the Israelis sought their safety via army domination of the indigenous Arab inhabitants of Palestine. This method required fending off negotiations with the Palestinians in addition to demonstrating Israeli army could via wars initiated opposed to Arab states against an Israeli takeover of Palestine.

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25. France invaded Syria in 1920, destroyed Damascus, unseated King Faisal and suppressed rebellions in 1925–1926 and 1945. Britain suppressed independence movements in Iraq until 1958. 26. Some Arab leaders were willing to acquiesce to a United States, though not British, mandate authority. 34 Chapter Two 27. ” All parties knew better. 28. J. C. Hurewitz, The Struggle for Palestine (New York: Schocken Books, 1976), 21. Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky stated clearly that, “the creation of a Jewish majority .

It was entitled to immediate independence. Jewish immigration and settlement could not take place without the consent of the country’s Arab owners, and this consent was emphatically denied. 59 Conversely, the Zionist argument, beyond compensation for the Holocaust, was that the Jews had a right to the land because their God had promised it, and because their ancestors had once lived there—a two-pronged argument that the History of the Colonization and Palestinian Dispossession (1880–1948) 23 Jews were both divinely entitled and the truly indigenous population of Palestine.

Commitment to Abdullah. He did not expect Abdullah to give up any part of Arab Palestine voluntarily. 89 Instead, he took only half of the 44 percent UN-allotted Palestinian state because he feared international censure and believed that the mass of angry and homeless Palestinians in the other half would be ungovernable. Israel enlarged its territory from the 56 percent UN allotment to 78 percent (56 + 22) of Palestine and cleansed that territory of 750,000 Palestinians. 91 The widely held belief that Arab armies threatened Israel is without foundation.

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