If the Jews could hang on through the tough early months, he thought, they would grow considerably stronger while their opponents might well become weaker. And so it proved to be.
On the eve of Israel’s statehood in 1948, with the massed forces of five Arab nations threatening invasion, David Ben-Gurion picked a fight with his own army. Why?
Contrary to the view propagated by an influential Israeli editorial board, blame for the alleged Palestinian “catastrophe” of 1948 lies with Arab intransigence.
“A five-year-old boy didn’t merely recite the traditional four questions, but asked them, as if he wanted to be told why a seder in besieged. . .
Contrary to claims of an “Arab-Jewish” identity pre-1948, the place of Jews in Arab lands was always conditional.
The 1950s saw a population-and-asset exchange between Israel and its neighbors that was tacitly recognized by Arab leaders at the time—but is conveniently ignored today.