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Treason and Defeat: The 1948 War

Hillel Cohen and Haim Watzman

in Army of Shadows

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252219
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933989 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252219.003.0010
Treason and Defeat: The 1948 War

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The war of 1948 ended with the severe defeat of the Arabs of Palestine and the Arab countries that came to their aid. Palestinian Arab political institutions collapsed. The Palestinian Arab state envisioned by the partition plan was aborted. Instead, the greater part of Palestine became a Jewish state that encompassed a much larger territory than that decreed by the United Nations. Accusations of treason were made by, and directed at, almost everyone who took part in the political or military aspects of the war. But others maintained that war with the Jews would bring catastrophe to the Arabs. Avoidance of war and even agreement with the Jews were, in their view, best for the Arab nation. As far as they were concerned, those who tried to prevent fighting were the real patriots, while the mufti, who declared an open war against the Jews, was self-centered, detached from his people.

Keywords: Palestinian Arabs; 1948 war; United Nations; treason; Jewish forces; war avoidance; open war; collaboration

Chapter.  12861 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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