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By Efraim Karsh

The tip of the British mandate in Palestine heralded the start of the recent kingdom of Israel. It additionally marked the top of 1 of the main tumultuous and momentous chapters in Israeli historical past. however the new kingdom, born right into a antagonistic surroundings and suffering from the manifold calls for of sovereignty, must face many post-Independence demanding situations to its lifestyles, now not least within the type of armed clash and war of words with its Arab neighbours. This quantity examines the conflicts that from the 1948 till the 1967 Six Day warfare got here to outline the Israeli fight for lifestyles

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However, he concentrates almost exclusively on the Arab side, and his account is a social, rather than military or political history. Z. Kedar (eds), The Palestinian 39 National Movement: From Confrontation to Reconciliation?. Tel Aviv, 1996 (Hebrew). 2 See, for example, Walid Khalidi, 'Plan Dalet: Master Plan for the Conquest of Palestine'. 576. 3. David Ben-Gurion, Zikhronot, Tel Aviv, 1969, Vol. 42, 123, 128, 135, 167-8, 222-3. 4. Plan B explicitly assumed that 'following the policy conducted by the [Mandate] government, a [Jewish-Arab] war will not exceed the level of "small war"'.

44 By the end of December, a new solution was worked out. 46 The Hagana's operational strategy of hitting selected targets remained unchanged, though the operations became bolder and more ferocious. Still, no territory was seized, and field forces did not initiate decisive campaigns, or attempt to break the backbone of Palestinian military power. 47 30 Towards Plan Dalet Two developments that took place in March led to the shift in the Hagana's strategy: the blows the Palestinians inflicted on the convoys system, and the graduated British departure from Palestine which began earlier than expected.

59. Y. Yadin's report, 26 February 1948, HA, 80/50/21. 60. R (48) 40, 4 February 1948, Cabinet Files (CAB)/129; cable from the 'Moatsa' to the 'Knesset', 24 February 1948, IDFA, 464/54/2; Cunningham to the Secretary of State, 'Weekly Intelligence Appreciation', 27 March 1948, CO 537/3869; HM Minister, Amman to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 21 April 1948, No. 237, FO 816/117. 61. Cable from 'Max' to the Jewish Agency, 2 February 1948, CZA, S/25/9007; Sefer Hahagana, Vol. 2, pp. 1446-7.

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