Benny Morris is a visiting professor in Israel studies at Georgetown University and the author of, among other books, 1948: A History of the First Arab–Israeli War (Yale, 2008).
The pre-state militia had actually prepared well for the outbreak of war in 1948. But its commanders generally hailed from rival political parties to Ben-Gurion’s.
How much of an expansionist was the leader of the yishuv, soon to be the first prime minister of the state of Israel?
A Jewish state would have arisen even if the vote had never happened, or had gone the other way, because the yishuv had in effect created the state already.
Martin Kramer shows how Ari Shavit manipulates and distorts Israeli history; but Kramer has an agenda of his own.