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By Efraim Karsh

The Palestine conflict has been by means of a long way an important army come upon within the historical past of the Arab-Israeli clash. This booklet examines the origins of the battle and its development via detailed levels: the guerrilla battle among the Arab and Jewish groups of vital Palestine, and the traditional inter-state conflict among the country of Israel and the invading Arab armies. In doing so it assesses the individuals, their conflict goals, ideas and strive against functionality. ultimately, it examines the explanations for Israel's good fortune within the face of doubtless very unlikely odds and for the failure of the Arab international locations to show their army and numerical superiority into victory at the floor.

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The fighting inter-communal strife t o inter-state war In mid-December 1947, a fortnight after the outbreak of inter-communal violence, a British intelligence report estimated that 'the Arabs are beginning to succeed in making the ordinary daily round of the Jews extremely difficult. Since the beginning of the month there have been numerous attacks on communications, causing considerable concern to the community and in some cases seriously affecting their economy. ' This assessment was shared by Jewish military planners.

To prevent this scenario from becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, the Hagana's initial response to the outbreak of violence was essentially defensive, trying to strike a delicate balance between the need to create a credible deterrence and the desire to prevent the cycle of violence from spiralling to uncontrollable peaks. It was only on 9 December, as Arab attacks on Jewish transportation across the country began to have a palpable effect, that the Hagana's head of operations, Yigael Yadin, ordered commanders to respond in kind so as to curtail the Arab campaign against Jewish transportation.

Little wonder, then, that the fall of Haifa had a devastating impact on Palestinian morale, accelerating their collapse and flight in numerous locations throughout the country. On 11May, Safed fell to the Jews, followed the next day by Beisan. On 13 May, the town of Jaffa, allocated to the Arab state by the Partition Resolution, surrendered to the Hagana, with the remaining population dispersing en masse. No less importantly, the fall of Haifa gave the final spur to the Arab states' decision to invade Palestine.

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