1948 Photo Magazine French Israel Independence War Jewish Haganah Judaica Book
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1948 Photo Magazine French Israel Independence War Jewish Haganah Judaica Book:
DESCRIPTION : Up for sale is a GENUINE RARITY . An EXTREMELY RARE old FRENCH PHOTO BOOK / BOOKLET / MAGAZINE regarding the DEFENCE ofEretz Israel ( Palestine ) , Which was published in APRIL 1948 , Only a month before the establishment of the IDEPENDENT STATE of ISRAEL and its WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. The French magazine , Namely "HEHALOUTZ" ( "LE PIONNIER" - The PIONEER - החלוץ ) was published in APRIL 1948 in Paris France - A profusion of PHOTOS and ARTICLES regarding ERETZ ISRAEL - PALESTINE at the time and HAGANAH members and soldiers.The magazine is a RARITY . Written in French .NUMEROUS PHOTOS . The publication SIZE isaround 10.5 " x 8.5" . 28 pp including the covers.Original illustrated covers . Very good used condition. Tightly bound. clean. One central fold ( Please look at scan for actual AS IS images )Book will be sent in a special protective rigid sealed package.
PAYMENTS : Payment method accepted : Paypal .SHIPPMENT : SHIPP worldwide via registered airmailis $ 19 . Book will be sent inside a protective packaging . Handling around 5 days after lit.The Defence) was the of the Jewish population ("Yishuv") inMandatory Palestinebetween 1920 and 1948, when it became the core of theIsrael Defense Forces(IDF). Formed out of previous existing militias, its original purpose was to defend Jewish settlements from Arab attacks, such as the riots during the1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. It was under the control of theJewish Agency, the official governmental body in charge of Palestine's Jewish community during theBritish Mandate. Until the end of theSecond World War, Haganah's activities were moderate, in accordance with the policy which caused the splitting of the more radicalIrgunandLehi. The group received clandestine military support from Poland. Haganah sought cooperation with the British in the event of anAxisinvasion of Palestine throughNorth Africa, prompting the creation of thePalmachtask force in 1941. With the end of World War II and British refusal to cancel the1939 White Paper's restrictions on Jewish immigration, the Haganah turned tosabotage activitiesagainst the British authorities, including bombing bridges, rail lines, and ships used to deport illegal Jewish immigrants, as well as assisting in bringing Jews to Palestine in defiance of British policy. After the United Nations adopted apartition plan for Palestinein 1947, the Haganah came into the open as the biggest fighting force among Palestinian Jews, successfully overcoming Arab forces during thecivil war. Shortly afterIsrael's independence declarationand the beginning of the1948 Arab–Israeli War, the Haganah was dissolved and became the official army of the state. Contents 1 History 1.1 Overview 1.2 1920 and 1921 Arab riots 1.3 1931 Irgun split 1.4 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine 1.5 Support from Poland 1.6 1939 White Paper 1.7 Patriadisaster 1.8 World War II participation 1.9 1944 Lord Moyne assassination and the Season 1.10 Post World War II 1.11 Reorganisation 1.12 War of Independence 1.13 Pal-Heib Unit 2 See also 3 Notes 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links History Overview The evolution of Jewish defense organisations in Palestine and later Israel went from small self-defense groups active duringOttomanrule, to ever larger and more sophisticated ones during theBritish Mandate, leading through the Haganah to the national army of Israel, the IDF. The evolution went step by step fromBar-Giora, toHashomer, to Haganah, to IDF. The Jewish paramilitary organisations in theNew Yishuv(the Zionist enterprise in Palestine) started with theSecond Aliyah(1904 to 1914).The first such organization wasBar-Giora, founded in September 1907. It consisted of a small group of Jewish immigrants who guarded settlements for an annual fee. At no time did Bar-Giora have more than 100 members.It was converted to Hashomer (Hebrew:השומר; "The Watchman") in April 1909, which operated until the British Mandate of Palestine came into being in 1920. Hashomer was an elitist organization with narrow scope, and was mainly created to protect against criminal gangs seeking to steal property. DuringWorld War I, the forerunners of the Haganah/IDF were theZion Mule Corpsand theJewish Legion, both of which were part of the British Army. After theArab riotsagainst Jews in April 1920, the Yishuv's leadership saw the need to create a nationwide underground defense organization, and the Haganah was founded in June of the same year. The Haganah became a full-scale defense force after the1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestinewith an organized structure, consisting of three main units—theField Corps,Guard Corps, and thePalmachstrike force. During World War II the successor to the Jewish Legion of World War I was theJewish Brigade, which was joined by many Haganah fighters. During the 1947–48 civil war between the Arab and Jewish communities in what was still Mandatory Palestine, a reorganised Haganah managed to defend or wrestle most of the territory it was ordered to hold or capture. At the beginning of the ensuing 1948–49 full-scale conventional war against regular Arab armies, the Haganah was reorganised to become the core of the new Israel Defense Forces. 1920 and 1921 Arab riots After the 1920Arab riotsand 1921Jaffa riots, the Jewish leadership in Palestine believed that the British, to whom theLeague of Nationshad given a mandate over Palestine in 1920, had no desire to confront local Arab gangs that frequently attacked Palestinian Jews.Believing that they could not rely on the British administration for protection from these gangs, the Jewish leadership created the Haganah to protect Jewish farms andkibbutzim. The first head of the Haganah was a 28 year-old named Yosef Hecht, a veteran of theJewish Legion.In addition to guarding Jewish communities, the role of the Haganah was to warn the residents of and repel attacks by Palestinian Arabs. In the period between 1920–1929, the Haganah lacked a strong central authority or coordination. Haganah "units" were very localized and poorly armed: they consisted mainly of Jewish farmers who took turns guarding their farms or their kibbutzim. Following the1929 Palestine riots, the Haganah's role changed dramatically. It became a much larger organization encompassing nearly all the youth and adults in the Jewish settlements, as well as thousands of members from the cities. It also acquired foreign arms and began to develop workshops to createhand grenadesand simple military equipment, transforming from an untrained militia to a capable underground army. 1931 Irgun split Many Haganah fighters objected to the official policy ofhavlagah(restraint) that Jewish political leaders (who had become increasingly controlling of the Haganah) had imposed on the militia. Fighters had been instructed to only defend communities and not initiate counterattacks against Arab gangs or their communities. This policy appeareddefeatistto many who believed thatthe best defense is a good offense. In 1931, the more militant elements of the Haganah splintered off and formed theIrgun Tsva'i-Leumi(National Military Organization), better known as "Irgun" (or by its Hebrew acronym, pronounced "Etzel"). 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine Haganah fighters guardingMigdal Tzedek, 1936 During the1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine, the Haganah worked to protect British interests and to quell Arab rebellion using theFOSH, and thenHishunits. At that time, the Haganah fielded 10,000 mobilized men along with 40,000 reservists. Although the British administration did not officially recognize the Haganah, the British security forces cooperated with it by forming theJewish Settlement Police,Jewish Supernumerary PoliceandSpecial Night Squads, which were trained and led by ColonelOrde Wingate. The battle experience gained during the training was useful in the1948 Arab–Israeli War. Support from Poland During the interwar period, as part of its policy of supporting a Jewish state in Palestine in order to facilitate mass Jewish emigration from its territory, theSecond Polish Republicprovided military training and weapons to Zionist paramilitary groups, including Haganah.Envoys from Haganah headed byYehuda Arazireceived dozens of shipments with military supplies, including 2750 Mauser rifles, 225 RKM machine guns, 10,000 hand grenades, two million bullets for rifles and machine guns, and a large number of pistols with ammunition. The British exerted heavy pressure on the Polish government to stop these deliveries. One of the last purchases of Arazi were two airplanes and two gliders. When he fled Poland to France, around 500 rifles were abandoned in a Warsaw warehouse.Members of the Haganah were also trained in a military camp inRembertowalong withBetarmembers between the years 1931 and 1937; it is estimated that training courses at the camp were attended by around 8,000 to 10,000 participants during their existence. 1939 White Paper By 1939, the British had issued theWhite Paper, which severely restricted Jewish immigration to Palestine, deeply angering the Zionist leadership.David Ben-Gurion, then chairman of theJewish Agency, set the policy for the Zionist relationship with the British: "We shall fight the war against Hitler as if there were no White Paper, and we shall fight the White Paper as if there were no war." In reaction to the White Paper, the Haganah built up thePalmachas the Haganah's elite strike force and organized illegal Jewish immigration to Palestine. Approximately 100,000 Jews were brought to Palestine in over one hundred ships during the final decade of what became known asAliyah Bet. The Haganah also organized demonstrations against British immigration quotas. Patriadisaster In 1940 a Haganah bomb sunk theSSPatria, killing 267 people In 1940 the Haganah sabotaged thePatria, an ocean liner being used by the British to deport 1,800 Jews to Mauritius, with a bomb intended to cripple the ship. However the ship sank, killing 267 people and injuring 172. World War II participation Marching Jewish troops in the British army (1942) In the first years ofWorld War II, the British authorities asked Haganah for cooperation again, due to the fear of anAxisbreakthrough in North Africa.AfterRommelwas defeated atEl Alameinin 1942, the British stepped back from their all-out support for Haganah.In 1943, after a long series of requests and negotiations, the British Army announced the creation of theJewish Brigade Group. While Palestinian Jews had been permitted to enlist in the British army since 1940, this was the first time an exclusively Jewish military unit served in the war under a Jewish Flag. The Jewish Brigade Group consisted of 5,000 soldiers and was initially deployed with the 8th Army in North Africa and later inItalyin September 1944. The brigade was disbanded in 1946.All in all, some 30,000 Palestinian Jews served in the British army during the war. On May 14, 1941, the Haganah created thePalmach(an acronym forPlugot Mahatz—strike companies), an elite commando section, in preparation against the possibility of a British withdrawal andAxisinvasion of Palestine. Its members, young men and women, received specialist training in guerilla tactics and sabotage.During 1942 the British gave assistance in the training of Palmach volunteers but in early 1943 they withdrew their support and attempted to disarm them.The Palmach, then numbering over 1,000, continued as an underground organisation with its members working half of each month askibbutzvolunteers, the rest of the month spent training.It was never large—by 1947 it amounted to merely five battalions (about 2,000 men)—but its members had not only received physical and military training, but also acquired leadership skills that would subsequently enable them to take up command positions in Israel's army. 1944 Lord Moyne assassination and the Season In 1944, after the assassination ofLord Moyne(the British Minister of State for the Middle East), by members of theLehi, the Haganah worked with the British to kidnap, interrogate, and in some cases, deport Irgun members. This action, which lasted from November 1944 to February 1945, was called theSaison, or the Hunting Season, and was directed against the Irgun and not the Lehi.[citation Kollekwas later revealed to be aJewish Agencyliaison officer working with the British authorities who had passed on information that led to the arrest of many Irgun activists. Many Jewish youth, who had joined the Haganah in order to defend the Jewish people, were greatly demoralized by operations against their own people.The Irgun, paralyzed by the Saison, were ordered by their commander,Menachem Begin, not to retaliate in an effort to avoid a full blown civil war. Although many Irgunists objected to these orders, they obeyed Begin and refrained from fighting back. The Saison eventually ended due to perceived British betrayal of the Yishuv becoming more obvious to the public and increased opposition from Haganah members. Post World War II Haganah members in training (1947) Haganah shipJewish StateatHaifa Port(1947) The Saison officially ended when the Haganah, Irgun and the Lehi formed theJewish Resistance Movement, in 1945. Within this new framework, the three groups agreed to operate under a joint command. They had different functions, which served to drive the British out of Palestine and create aJewish state. The Haganah was less active in theJewish Rebellionthan the other two groups, but the Palmach did carry out anti-British operations, including a raid on theAtlit detainee campthat released 208 illegal immigrants, theNight of the Trains, theNight of the Bridges, and attacks onPalestine Policebases.The Haganah withdrew on 1 July 1946, but "remained permanently unco-operative" with the British authorities.It continued to organize illegal Jewish immigration as part of theAliyah Betprogram, in which ships carrying illegal immigrants attempted to breach the British blockade of Palestine and land illegal immigrants on the shore (most were intercepted by theRoyal Navy), and the Palmach performed operations against the British to support the illegal immigration program. The Palmach repeatedly bombed British radar stations being used to track illegal immigrant ships, and sabotaged British ships being used to deport illegal immigrants, as well as two British landing and patrol craft.The Palmach performed a single assassination operation in which a British official who had been judged to be excessively cruel to Jewish prisoners was shot dead.The Haganah also organized theBirya affair. Following the expulsion of the residents of the Jewish settlement of Birya for illegal weapons possession, thousands of Jewish youth organized by the Haganah marched to the site and rebuilt the settlement. They were expelled by British shortly afterward while showingpassive resistance, but after they returned a third time, the British backed off and allowed them to remain. In addition to its operations, the Haganah continued to secretly prepare for a war with the Arabs once the British left by building up its arms and munitions stocks. It maintained a secret arms industry, with the most significant facility being an underground bullet factory underneath Ayalon, a kibbutz that had been established specifically to cover it up. British estimates of the Haganah's strength at this time were apaper strength of 75,000 men and womenwith an effective strength of 30,000.After the British army, the Haganah was considered the most powerful military force in the Middle East. In July 1947, eager to maintain order with the visit ofUNSCOPto Palestine and under heavy pressure from the British authorities to resume collaboration, the Jewish Agency reluctantly came into brief conflict with the Irgun and Lehi, and ordered the Haganah to put a stop to the operations of the other two groups for the time being. As Palmach members refused to participate, a unit of about 200 men from regular Haganah units was mobilized, and foiled several operations against the British, including a potentially devastating attack on the British military headquarters at Citrus House in Tel Aviv, in which a Haganah member was killed by an Irgun bomb. The Haganah also joined the search for two British sergeants abducted by the Irgun as hostages against the death sentences of three Irgun members in what became known as theSergeants' affair. The Jewish Agency leadership feared the damage this act would do to the Jewish cause, and also believed that holding the hostages would only jeopardize the fates of the three condemned Irgun members. The attempts to free the sergeants failed, and following the executions of the three Irgun members, the two sergeants were killed and hanged in a eucalyptus grove. However, the campaign soon disintegrated into a series of retaliatory abductions and beatings of each other's members by the Haganah and Irgun, and eventually petered out. The campaign was dubbed the "Little Season" by the Irgun. Reorganisation Theatre of Operation of each Haganah brigade. After 'having gotten the Jews of Palestine and of elsewhere to do everything that they could, personally and financially, to helpYishuv,' Ben-Gurion's second greatest achievement was his having successfully transformed Haganah from being a clandestine paramilitary organization into a true army.Ben-Gurion appointedIsrael Galilito the position of head of the High Command counsel of Haganah and divided Haganah into 6infantrybrigades, numbered 1 to 6, allotting a precise theatre of operation to each one. Yaakov Dori was named Chief of Staff, but it was Yigael Yadin who assumed the responsibility on the ground as chief of Operations. Palmach, commanded byYigal Allon, was divided into 3 elite brigades, numbered 10–12, and constituted the mobile force of Haganah.Ben-Gurion's attempts to retain personal control over the newly formedIDFlead later in July toThe Generals' Revolt. On 19 November 1947, obligatoryconscriptionwas instituted for all men and women aged between 17 and 25. By end of March 21,000 people had been conscripted.On 30 March the call-up was extended to men and single women aged between 26 and 35. Five days later a General Mobilization order was issued for all men under 40. "From November 1947, the Haganah, (...) began to change from a territorial militia into a regular army. (...) Few of the units had been well trained by December. (...) By March–April, it fielded still under-equipped battalion and brigades. By April–May, the Haganah was conducting brigade size offensive. The brigades of the Haganah which merged into the IDF once this was created on 26 May 1948: The northernLevanoni Brigade, located in the Galilee, was split on February 22, 1948 into the 1st and 2nd Brigades. The 1st orGolani Brigade– was deployed in the Lower Galilee The 2nd orCarmeli Brigade– was deployed in the north and took its name after its commander,Moshe Carmel The 3rd orAlexandroni Brigade– formed on December 1, 1947 and dismantled in the summer of 1949 The 4th orKiryati Brigade– formed in 1948 in the Tel Aviv area The 5th orGivati Brigade– formed in December 1947. During civil war the Givati Brigade was deployed in the central region, and during the conventional war in the south as the 5th Brigade The 6th orEtzioni or Jerusalem Brigade– headquartered inNetanya, it covered the area fromTel AvivtoZichron Ya'akov The Haganah mobilized Jewish youth for military training To the initial six brigades, three were added later during the war: The7th Brigade, in Hebrew "Hativat Sheva" – formed in 1948, manned mainly withHolocaustsurvivors and including a number ofMachaltroops. Almost annihilated at Latrun, then re-formed in the north. It had tanks and mounted infantry. The8th Brigade– founded on May 24, 1948 and subordinated toYitzhak Sadehas the IDF's first armoured brigade, headquartered near Jerusalem. The 9th orOded Brigade– headquartered in Jerusalem. The Palmach brigades which merged into the IDF: The 10th orHarel Brigade– established on 16 April 1948 The 11th orYiftach Brigade The 12th orNegev Brigade– established in March 1948 War of Independence Main article:1948 Palestine War Haganah fighters in 1947 Haganah female officer in 1948 After the British announced they would withdraw from Palestine, and the United Nations approved the partition of Palestine, the1947-48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestinebroke out. The Haganah played the leading role in the Yishuv's war with the Palestinian Arabs. Initially, it concentrated on defending Jewish areas from Arab raids, but after the danger of British intervention subsided as the British withdrew, the Haganah went on the offensive and seized more territory. Following theIsraeli Declaration of Independenceand the start of the1948 Arab–Israeli Waron May 15, 1948, the Haganah, now the army of the new state, engaged the invading armies of the surrounding Arab states. On May 28, 1948, less than two weeks after the creation of the state of Israel on May 15, the provisional government created theIsrael Defense Forces, merging the Haganah, Irgun, and Lehi, although the other two groups continued to operate independently inJerusalemand abroad for some time after.The re-organisation led to several conflicts between Ben-Gurion and the Haganah leadership, including what was known asThe Generals' Revoltand the dismantling of the Palmach. Famous members of the Haganah includedYitzhak Rabin,Ariel Sharon,Rehavam Ze'evi,Dov Hoz,Moshe Dayan,Yigal Allonand Dr.Ruth Westheimer. TheMuseum of Underground the activity of the underground groups in the pre-state period, recreating the everyday life of those imprisoned there. Pal-Heib Unit SomeBedouinshad longstanding ties with nearbyJewishcommunities. They helped defend these communities in the1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. During the1948 Arab–Israeli War, some Bedouins ofTubaformed an alliance with the Haganah defending Jewish communities in theUpper GalileeagainstSyria. Some were part of a Pal-Heib unit of the Haganah. Sheik Hussein Mohammed Ali Abu Yussef of Tuba was quoted in 1948 as saying, "Is it not written in theKoranthat the ties of neighbors are as dear as those of relations? Our friendship with the Jews goes back many years. We felt we could trust them and they learned from us too".*****TheIsraeli Declaration of Independence,[note 1]formally theDeclaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel(Hebrew:הכרזה על הקמת מדינת ישראל), was proclaimed on 14 May 1948 (5 Iyar5708) byDavid Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of theWorld Zionist Organization,[a]Chairman of theJewish Agency for Palestine, and soon to befirstPrime Minister of Israel.It declared the establishment of aJewish stateinEretz-Israel, to be known as theState of Israel, which would come into effect on termination of theBritish Mandateat midnight that day.The event is celebrated annually in Israel with anational holidayIndependence Dayon5 Iyarof every year according to theHebrew calendar. Contents 1 Background 1.1 Drafting the text 1.2 Minhelet HaAm Vote 1.3 Final wording 1.3.1 Borders 1.3.2 Religion 1.3.3 Name 1.3.4 Other items 2 Declaration ceremony 2.1 Signatories 3 Aftermath 4 Status in Israeli law 5 The scroll 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links Background The possibility of aJewishhomeland inPalestinehad been a goal ofZionistorganizations since the late 19th century. In 1917British Foreign SecretaryArthur Balfourstated in a letter to British Jewish community leaderWalter, Lord Rothschildthat: His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country. Through this letter, which became known as theBalfour Declaration, British government policy officially endorsed Zionism. AfterWorld War I, theUnited Kingdomwas given amandatefor Palestine, which it had conquered from theOttomansduring the war. In 1937 thePeel Mandate Palestineinto an Arab state and a Jewish state, though the proposal was rejected as unworkable by the government and was at least partially to blame for the renewal of the1936–39 Arab revolt. The UN partition plan In the face of increasing violence afterWorld War II, the British handed the issue over to the recently establishedUnited Nations. The result wasResolution 181(II), a plan to partition Palestine intoIndependent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem. The Jewish state was to receive around 56% of the land area of Mandate Palestine, encompassing 82% of the Jewish population, though it would be separated from Jerusalem. The plan was accepted by most of the Jewish population, but rejected by much of the Arab populace. On29 November 1947, the resolutionto recommendto the United Kingdom, as the mandatory Power for Palestine, and to all other Members of the United Nations the adoption and implementation, with regard to the future government of Palestine, of the Plan of Partition with Economic Unionwas put to a vote in the United Nations General Assembly. The result was 33 to 13 in favour of the resolution, with 10 abstentions. Resolution 181(II):PART I: Future constitution and government of Palestine: A. TERMINATION OF MANDATE, PARTITION AND INDEPENDENCE: Clause 3provides: Independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem, ... shall come into existence in Palestine two months after the evacuation of the armed forces of the mandatory Power has been completed but in any case not later than 1 October 1948. The Arab countries (all of which had opposed the plan) proposed to query theInternational Court of Justiceon the competence of the General Assembly to partition a country, but the resolution was rejected. Drafting the text The first draft of the declaration was made byZvi Berenson, the legal advisor of theHistadruttrade union and later a Justice of theSupreme Court, at the request ofPinchas Rosen. A revised second draft was made by three lawyers, A. Beham, A. Hintzheimer and Z.E. Baker, and was framed by a committee includingDavid Remez,Pinchas Rosen,Haim-Moshe Shapira,Moshe SharettandAharon Zisling.A second committee meeting, which includedDavid Ben-Gurion,Yehuda Leib Maimon, Sharett and Zisling produced the final text. Minhelet HaAm Vote On 12 May 1948, theMinhelet HaAm(Hebrew:מנהלת העם, lit.People's Administration) was convened to vote on declaring independence.Three of the thirteen members were missing, withYehuda Leib MaimonandYitzhak Gruenbaumbeing blocked inbesiegedJerusalem, whileYitzhak-Meir Levinwas in the United States. The meeting started at 13:45 and ended after midnight. The decision was between accepting the American proposal for a truce, or declaring independence. The latter option was put to a vote, with six of the ten members present supporting it: For:David Ben-Gurion,Moshe Sharett(Mapai);Peretz Bernstein(General Zionists);Haim-Moshe Shapira(Hapoel HaMizrachi);Mordechai Bentov,Aharon Zisling(Mapam). Against:Eliezer Kaplan,David Remez(Mapai);Pinchas Rosen(New Aliyah Party);Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit(Sephardim and Oriental Communities). Chaim Weizmann, the Chairman of theWorld Zionist Organization,[a]and soon to befirstPresident of Israel, endorsed the decision, after reportedly asking "What are they waiting for, the idiots?" Final wording The draft text was submitted for approval to a meeting ofMoetzet HaAmat theJNFbuilding inTel Avivon 14 May. The meeting started at 13:50 and ended at 15:00, an hour before the declaration was due to be made. Despite ongoing disagreements, members of the Council unanimously voted in favour of the final text. During the process, there were two major debates, centring on the issues of borders and religion. Borders See also:Borders of Israel On the day of its proclamation,Eliahu Epsteinwrote toHarry S. Trumanthat the state had been proclaimed "within the frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947". The borders were not specified in the Declaration, although its 14th paragraph indicated a willingness to cooperate in the implementation of the UN Partition Plan. The original draft had declared that the borders would be decided by the UN partition plan. While this was supported by Rosen andBechor-Shalom Sheetrit, it was opposed by Ben-Gurion and Zisling, with Ben-Gurion stating, "We accepted the UN Resolution, but the Arabs did not. They are preparing to make war on us. If we defeat them and capture western Galilee or territory on both sides of the road to Jerusalem, these areas will become part of the state. Why should we obligate ourselves to accept boundaries that in any case the Arabs don't accept?"The inclusion of the designation of borders in the text was dropped after the provisional government of Israel, theMinhelet HaAm, voted 5–4 against it.TheRevisionists, committed to a Jewish state on both sides of theJordan River(that is, including Transjordan), wanted the phrase "within its historic borders" included, but were unsuccessful. Religion The second major issue was over the inclusion of God in the last section of the document, with the draft using the phrase "and placing our trust in the Almighty". The tworabbis, Shapira andYehuda Leib Maimon, argued for its inclusion, saying that it could not be omitted, with Shapira supporting the wording "God of Israel" or "the Almighty and Redeemer of Israel".It was strongly opposed by Zisling, a member of the secularistMapam. In the end the phrase "Rock of Israel" was used, which could be interpreted as either referring to God, or the land ofEretz Israel, Ben-Gurion saying "Each of us, in his own way, believes in the 'Rock of Israel' as he conceives it. I should like to make one request: Don't let me put this phrase to a vote." Although its use was still opposed by Zisling, the phrase was accepted without a vote. Name The writers also had to decide on the name for the new state.Eretz Israel, Ever (from the nameEber),Judea, andZionwere all suggested, as were Ziona, Ivriya and Herzliya.Judea and Zion were rejected because, according to the partition plan, Jerusalem (Zion) and most of theJudean mountainswould be outside the new state.Ben-Gurion put forward "Israel" and it passed by a vote of 6–3.Official documents released in April 2013 by the State Archive of Israel show that days before the establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948, officials were still debating about what the new country would be called in Arabic: Palestine (فلسطين Filastin), Zion (صهيون Sayoun) or Israel (إسرائيل Eesra’il). Two assumptions were made: "That an Arab state was about to be established alongside the Jewish one in keeping with the UN’s partition resolution the year before, and that the Jewish state would include a large Arab minority whose feelings needed to be taken into account". In the end, the officials rejected the name Palestine because they thought that would be the name of the new Arab state and could cause confusion so they opted for the most straightforward option of Israel. Other items At the meeting on 14 May, several other members of Moetzet HaAm suggested additions to the document.Meir Vilnerwanted it to denounce the British Mandate and military but Sharett said it was out of place.Meir Argovpushed to mention theDisplaced Persons campsin Europe and to guarantee freedom oflanguage. Ben-Gurion agreed with the latter but noted that Hebrew should be the main language of the state. The debate over wording did not end completely even after the Declaration had been made. Declaration signerMeir David Loewensteinlater claimed, "It ignored our sole right toEretz Israel, which is based on the covenant of the Lord withAbraham, our father, and repeated promises in theTanach. It ignored the aliya of theRambanand the students of theVilna Gaonand theBa'al Shem Tov, and the [rights of] Jews who lived in the 'Old Yishuv'." Declaration ceremony A celebratory crowd outside theTel Aviv Museum, located in 16Rothschild Boulevard, to hear the Declaration The invitation to the ceremony, dated 13 May 1948. David Ben-Guriondeclaring independence beneath a large portrait ofTheodor Herzl, founder of modernZionism The ceremony was held in theTel Aviv Museum(today known as Independence Hall) but was not widely publicised as it was feared that the British Authorities might attempt to prevent it or that the Arab armies might invade earlier than expected. An invitation was sent out by messenger on the morning of 14 May telling recipients to arrive at 15:30 and to keep the event a secret. The event started at 16:00 (a time chosen so as not to breach thesabbath) and was broadcast live as the first transmission of the new radio stationKol Yisrael. The final draft of the declaration was typed at theJewish National Fundbuilding following its approval earlier in the day.Ze'ev Sherf, who stayed at the building in order to deliver the text, had forgotten to arrange transport for himself. Ultimately, he had to Flag down a passing car and ask the driver (who was driving a borrowed car without a license) to take him to the ceremony. Sherf's request was initially refused but he managed to persuade the driver to take him.The car was stopped by a policeman for speeding while driving across the city though a ticket was not issued after it was explained that he was delaying the declaration of independence.Sherf arrived at the museum at 15:59. At 16:00, Ben-Gurion opened the ceremony by banging hisgavelon the table, prompting a spontaneous rendition ofHatikvah, soon to be Israel'snational anthem, from the 250 guests.On the wall behind the podium hung a picture ofTheodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and two Flags, later to become the officialFlag of Israel. After telling the audience "I shall now read to you the scroll of the Establishment of the State, which has passed its first reading by theNational Council", Ben-Gurion proceeded to read out the declaration, taking 16 minutes, ending with the words "Let us accept the Foundation Scroll of the Jewish State by rising" and calling on RabbiFishmanto recite Signatories Ben Gurion (Left) Signing the Declaration of Independence held by Moshe Sharett As leader of theYishuv,David Ben-Gurionwas the first person to sign. The declaration was due to be signed by all 37 members of Moetzet HaAm. However, twelve members could not attend, with eleven of them trapped one abroad. The remaining 25 signatories present were called up in alphabetical order to sign, leaving spaces for those absent. Although a space was left for him between the signatures ofEliyahu DobkinandMeir Vilner,Zerach Warhaftigsigned at the top of the next column, leading to speculation that Vilner's name had been left alone to isolate him, or to stress that even a communist had agreed with the declaration.However, Warhaftig later denied this, stating that a space had been left for him (as he was one of the signatories trapped in Jerusalem) where a Hebraicised form of his name would have fitted alphabetically, but he insisted on signing under his actual name so as to honour his father's memory and so moved down two spaces. He and Vilner would be the last surviving signatories, and remained close for the rest of their lives. Of the signatories, two were women (Golda MeirandRachel Cohen-Kagan). WhenHerzl Rosenblum, a journalist, was called up to sign, Ben-Gurion instructed him to sign under the name Herzl Vardi, his pen name, as he wanted more Hebrew names on the document. Although Rosenblum acquiesced to Ben-Gurion's request and legally changed his name to Vardi, he later admitted to regretting not signing as Rosenblum.Several other signatories later Hebraised their names, includingMeir Argov(Grabovsky),Peretz Bernstein(then Fritz Bernstein),Avraham Granot(Granovsky),Avraham Nissan(Katznelson),Moshe Kol(Kolodny),Yehuda Leib Maimon(Fishman),Golda Rosen(Felix Rosenblueth) andMoshe Sharett(Shertok). Other signatories added their own touches, includingSaadia Kobashiwho added the phrase "HaLevy", referring to the tribe ofLevi. After Sharett, the last of the signatories, had put his name to paper, the audience again stood and theIsrael Philharmonic Orchestraplayed "Hatikvah". Ben-Gurion concluded the event with the words "The State of Israel is established! This meeting is adjourned!" 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Neighbouring Arab states and theArab Leaguewere opposed to the vote and had declared they would intervene to prevent its implementation. In acablegramon 15 May 1948 to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States claimed that "the Arab states find themselves compelled to intervene in order to restore law and order and to check further bloodshed". Over the next few days after the declaration, armies of Egypt, Trans-Jordan, Iraq, and Syria engaged Israeli troops inside the area of what had just ceased to be Mandatory Palestine, thereby starting the1948 Arab–Israeli War. A truce began on 11 June, but fighting resumed on 8 July and stopped again on 18 July, before restarting in mid-October and finally ending on 24 July 1949 with the signing of thearmistice agreementwith Syria. By then Israel had retained its independence and increased its land area by almost 50% compared to the 1947 UN Partition Plan. Following the declaration, Moetzet HaAm became theProvisional State Council, which acted as the legislative body for the new state until thefirst electionsin January 1949. Many of the signatories would play a prominent role inIsraeli politicsfollowing independence; Moshe Sharett and Golda Meir both served as Prime Minister,Yitzhak Ben-Zvibecamethe country's secondpresidentin 1952, and several others served asministers.David Remezwas the first signatory to pass away, dying in May 1951, while Meir Vilner, the youngest signatory at just 29, was the longest living, serving in theKnessetuntil 1990 and dying in June 2003.Eliyahu Berligne, the oldest signatory at 82, died in 1959. Eleven minutes after midnight, the United Statesde factorecognizedthe State of Israel.This was followed byShahMohammad Reza Pahlavi's Iran (which had voted against the UN partition plan), Guatemala, Iceland, Nicaragua]l,Romania, and Uruguay. The Soviet Union was the first nation to fully recognize Israelde jureon 17 May 1948,followed Ireland, and South Africa.The United States extended official recognition after the firstIsraeli election, as Truman had promised on 31 January 1949.By virtue ofGeneral Assembly Resolution 273 (III), Israel was admitted to membership in the United Nations on 11 May 1949. In the three years following the1948 Palestine war, about 700,000 Jews immigrated to Israel, residing mainly along the borders and in former Arab lands.Around 136,000 were some of the 250,000 displaced Jews of World War II.And from the1948 Arab–Israeli Waruntil the early 1970s, 800,000–1,000,000 Jewsleft, fled, or were expelledfrom their homes in Arab countries; 260,000 of them reached Israel between 1948 and 1951; and 600,000 by 1972. At the same time, a large number of Arabsleft, fled or were expelledfrom, what became Israel. In theReport of the Technical Committee on Refugees (Submitted to the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine in Lausanne on 7 September 1949) – (A/1367/Rev.1), in paragraph 15,the estimate of the statistical expert, which the Committee believed to be as accurate as circumstances permitted, indicated that the number of refugees from Israel-controlled territory amounted to approximately 711,000. Status in Israeli law Independence Hallas it appeared in 2007 Paragraph 13 of the Declaration provides that the State of Israel wouldbe based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex;. However, theKnessetmaintains that the declaration is neither a law nor an ordinary legal document.TheSupreme Courthas ruled that the guarantees were merely guiding principles, and that the declaration is not a constitutional law making a practical ruling on the upholding or nullification of various ordinances and statutes. In 1994 the Knesset amended twobasic laws,Human Dignity and Libertyand Freedom of Occupation, introducing (among other changes) a statement saying "the fundamental human rights in Israel will be honored (...) in the spirit of the principles included in the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel." The scroll Although Ben-Gurion had told the audience that he was reading from the scroll of independence, he was actually reading from handwritten notes because only the bottom part of the scroll had been finished by artist and calligrapherOtte Wallishby the time of the declaration (he did not complete the entire document until June).The scroll, which is bound together in three parts, is generally kept in the country's National Archives. See also Israel portal Politics portal Balfour Declaration British Mandate for Palestine (legal instrument) Mandatory Palestine Churchill White Paper 1929 Palestine riots Passfield white paper White Paper of 1939 United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine Declaration of Establishment of State of IsraelEnglish translation of text on the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Afairs website The Recording of the Israel Declaration of Independence 1948 Arab–Israeli War Palestinian Declaration of Independence Yom Ha'atzmaut List of international declarations***** The1948 (or First) Arab–Israeli Warwas the second and final stage of the1947–49 Palestine war. It formally began following theend of the British Mandate for Palestineat midnight on 14 May 1948; theIsraeli Declaration of Independencehad been issued earlier that day, and amilitary coalition of Arab statesentered the territory ofBritish Palestinein the morning of 15 May. The first deaths of the 1947–49 Palestine war occurred on 30 November 1947 during an ambush of two buses carrying Jews.There had been tension and conflict between the Arabs and theJews, and between each of them and the British forces since the 1917Balfour Declarationand the 1920 creation of theBritish Mandate of Palestine. British policies dissatisfied both Arabs and Jews. Arab opposition developed into the1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine, while the Jewish resistance developed into theJewish insurgency in Palestine(1944–1947). In 1947, these on-going tensions erupted intocivil warfollowing the 29 November 1947 adoption of theUnited Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, which planned to divide Palestine into an Arab state, a Jewish state, and the Special International Regime encompassing the cities On 15 May 1948, the civil war transformed into a conflict between Israel and the Arab states following theIsraeli Declaration of Independencethe previous day. Egypt, Transjordan,Syria, and expeditionary forces from Iraq entered Palestine.The invading forces took control of the Arab areas and immediately attacked Israeli forces and several Jewish settlements.The 10 months of fighting took place mostly on the territory of the British Mandate and in theSinai Peninsulaandsouthern Lebanon, interrupted by several truce periods. As a result of the war, the State of Israel controlled the area thatUN General Assembly Resolution 181had recommended for the proposed Jewish state, as well as almost 60% of the area of Arab state proposed by the 1947 Partition Plan,including theJaffa,Lydda, andRamlearea,Galilee, some parts of theNegev, a wide strip along theTel Aviv–Jerusalemroad, West Jerusalem, and some territories in theWest Bank. Transjordan took control of the remainder of the former British mandate, whichit annexed, and the Egyptian militarytook controlof the Gaza Strip. At theJericho Conferenceon 1 December 1948, 2,000 Palestinian delegates called for unification of Palestine and Transjordan as a step toward full Arab unity.The conflict triggered significant demographic change throughout the Middle East. Around 700,000 Palestinian Arabsfled or were expelledfrom their homes in the area that became Israel, and they becamePalestinian refugeesin what they refer to as Al-Nakba ("the catastrophe"). In the three years following the war, about 700,000 Jews emigrated to Israel.Around 260,000 Jewscame to Israelfrom the Arab world during and immediately after the war. Contents 1 Background 1.1 Armed forces 1.1.1 Importing arms 1.1.2 Arms production 1.1.3 Manpower 1.1.4 Irgun 1.1.5 Arab forces 2 Political objectives 2.1 Yishuv 2.2 Arab League as a whole 2.3 King Abdullah I of Transjordan 2.4 Other Arab states 2.5 Arab Higher Committee of Amin al-Husayni 3 Initial line-up of forces 3.1 Military assessments 3.2 Yishuv/Israeli forces 3.3 Arab forces 3.3.1 Arab states 4 Course of the war 4.1 First phase: 15 May – 11 June 1948 4.1.1 Southern front – Negev 4.1.2 Battles of Latrun 4.1.3 Battle for Jerusalem 4.1.4 Northern Samaria 4.1.5 Northern front – Lake of Galilee 4.1.6 Palestinian forces 4.1.7 Air operations 4.1.8 Sea battles 4.1.9 End of the first phase 4.2 First truce: 11 June – 8 July 1948 4.2.1 Reinforcements 4.2.2 UN mediator Bernadotte 4.3 Second phase: 8–18 July 1948 ("Ten Day Battles") 4.3.1 Southern front 4.3.2 Lydda and al-Ramla 4.3.3 Jerusalem 4.3.4 Southern Galilee 4.3.5 Eastern Galilee 4.4 Second truce: 18 July – 15 October 1948 4.5 Little triangle pocket 4.6 Third phase: 15 October 1948 – 10 March 1949 4.6.1 Northern front – Galilee 4.6.2 Negev 4.6.3 Anglo-Israeli air clashes 4.6.4 UN Resolution 194 5 Weapons 6 Aftermath 6.1 1949 Armistice Agreements 6.2 Casualties 6.3 Demographic outcome 6.3.1 Palestinian Arabs 6.3.2 Jews 7 Historiography 8 In popular culture 9 Maps 10 See also 11 Notes 12 References 13 Bibliography 14 Further reading 14.1 History 14.2 Fiction 15 External links Background Main articles:1947 UN Partition Planand1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine Proposed separation of Palestine On 29 November 1947, theUnited Nations General Assemblyadopted a resolution recommending the adoption and implementation of a plan to partition the British Mandate of Palestine into two states, one Arab and one Jewish, and the City of Jerusalem. TheGeneral Assembly resolution on Partitionwas greeted with overwhelming joy in Jewish communities and widespread outrage in the Arab world. In Palestine, violence erupted almost immediately, feeding into a spiral of reprisals and counter-reprisals. The British refrained from intervening as tensions boiled over into a low-level conflict that quickly escalated into afull-scale civil war. From January onwards, operations became increasingly militarized, with the intervention of a number ofArab Liberation Armyregiments inside Palestine, each active in a variety of distinct sectors around the different coastal towns. They consolidated their presence al-Qadir al-Husaynicame from Egypt with several hundred men of theArmy of the Holy War. Having recruited a few thousand volunteers, al-Husayni organized the blockade of the 100,000 Jewish residents of Jerusalem.To counter this, theYishuvauthorities tried to supply the city with convoys of up to 100 armoured vehicles, but the operation became more and more impractical as the number of casualties in the relief convoys surged. By March, Al-Hussayni's tactic had paid off. Almost all ofHaganah's armoured vehicles had been destroyed, the blockade was in full operation, and hundreds of Haganah members who had tried to bring supplies into the city were killed.The situation for those who dwelt in the Jewish settlements in the highly isolatedNegevand North of Galilee was even more critical. While the Jewish population had received strict orders requiring them to hold their ground everywhere at all costs,the Arab population was more affected by the general conditions of insecurity to which the country was exposed. Up to 100,000 Arabs, from the urban upper and middle classes in Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem, or Jewish-dominated areas, evacuated abroad or to Arab centres eastwards. This situation caused the United States to withdraw its support for the Partition plan, thus encouraging theArab Leagueto believe that the Palestinian Arabs, reinforced by the Arab Liberation Army, could put an end to the plan for partition. The British, on the other hand, decided on 7 February 1948, to support the annexation of the Arab part of Palestine by Transjordan. Although a certain level of doubt took hold among Yishuv supporters, their apparent defeats were due more to their wait-and-see policy than to weakness.David Ben-Gurionreorganized Haganah and made conscription obligatory. Every Jewish man and woman in the country had to receive military training. Thanks to funds raised byGolda Meirfrom sympathisers in the United States, andStalin'sdecision to support theZionistcause, the Jewish representatives of Palestine were able to sign very important armament contracts in the East. Other Haganah agents recuperated stockpiles from the Second World War, which helped improve the army's equipment and logistics.Operation Balakallowed arms and other equipment to be transported for the first time by the end of March. PalmachM4 Shermantank leading a convoy. Ben-Gurion investedYigael Yadinwith the responsibility to come up with a plan of offense whose timing was related to the foreseeable evacuation of British forces. This strategy, called Plan Dalet, was readied by March and implemented towards the end of April.A separate plan,Operation Nachshon, was devised to lift thesiege of Jerusalem.1500 men from Haganah's Givati brigade andPalmach's Harel brigade conducted sorties to free up the route to the city between 5 and 20 April. Both sides acted offensively in defiance of the Partition Plan, which foresaw Jerusalem as acorpus separatum, under neither Jewish nor Arab jurisdiction. The Arabs did not accept the Plan, while the Jews were determined to oppose the internationalization of the city, and secure it as part of the Jewish state.The operation was successful, and enough foodstuffs to last two months were trucked into Jerusalem for distribution to the Jewish population.The success of the operation was assisted by the death of al-Husayni in combat. During this time, and independently of Haganah or the framework of Plan Dalet, irregular fighters massacred a substantial number of Arabs atDeir Yassin, an event that, though publicly deplored and criticized by the principal Jewish authorities, had a deep impact on the morale of the Arab population and contributed to generate theexodus of the Arab population. At the same time, the first large-scale operation of the Arab Liberation Army ended in a debacle, having been roundly defeated atMishmar HaEmek,coinciding with the loss of theirDruzeallies through defection. Within the framework of the establishment of Jewish territorial continuity foreseen by Plan Dalet, the forces of Haganah, Palmach and Irgun intended to conquer mixed zones. The Palestinian Arab society was resulting in the flight of more than 250,000 Palestinian Arabs. The British had, at that time, essentially withdrawn their troops. The situation pushed the leaders of the neighbouring Arab states to intervene, but their preparation was not finalized, and they could not assemble sufficient forces to turn the tide of the war. The majority of Palestinian Arab hopes lay with theArab Legionof Transjordan's monarch, King Abdullah I, but he had no intention of creating a Palestinian Arab-run state, since he hoped to annex as much of the territory of theBritish Mandate for Palestineas he could. He was playing a double-game, being just as much in contact with the Jewish authorities as with the Arab League. In preparation for the offensive, Haganah successfully launched OperationsYiftahand Ben-'Amito secure the Jewish settlements ofGalilee, andOperation Kilshon, which created a united front around Jerusalem. The inconclusive meeting betweenGolda Meirand Abdullah I, followed by theKfar Etzion massacreon 13 May by the Arab Legion led to predictions that the battle for Jerusalem would be merciless. On 14 May 1948,David Ben-Guriondeclared the establishment of theState of Israeland the1948 Palestine warentered its second phase with the intervention of the Arab state armies and the beginning of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Armed forces By September 1947 theHaganahhad "10,489 rifles, 702 light machine-guns, 2,666 submachine guns, 186 medium machine-guns, 672 two-inch mortars and 92 three-inch (76mm) mortars". Importing arms In 1946, Ben-Gurion decided that the Yishuv would probably have to defend itself against both the Palestinian Arabs and neighbouring Arab states and accordingly began a "massive, covert arms acquisition campaign in the West", and acquired many more during the first few months of hostilities. An Israeli Avia S-199, in June 1948 The Yishuv managed to clandestinely amass arms and military equipment abroad for transfer to Palestine once the British blockade was lifted. In theUnited States, Yishuv agents purchased threeBoeing B-17 Flying Fortressbombers, one of which bombed Cairo in July 1948, someCurtiss C-46 Commandotransport planes, and dozens of half-tracks, which were repainted and defined as "agricultural equipment". In Western Europe,Haganahagents amassed fifty 65mm French mountain guns, twelve 120mm mortars, tenH-35light tanks, and a large number of half-tracks. By mid-May or thereabouts the Yishuv had purchased S-199fighters (an inferior version of theMesserschmitt Bf 109), 200 heavy machine guns, 5,021 light machine guns, 24,500 rifles, and 52 million rounds of ammunition, enough to equip all units, but short of heavy arms.The airborne arms smuggling missions fromCzechoslovakiawere codenamedOperation Balak. The airborne smuggling missions were carried out by mostly American aviators – Jews and non-Jews – led by ex-U.S. Air Transport Command flight engineerAl Schwimmer. Schwimmer's operation also included recruiting and training fighter pilots such asLou Lenart, commander of the first Israeli air assault against the Arabs. Arms production The Yishuv also had "a relatively advancedarms producingcapacity", that between October 1947 and July 1948" produced 3million 9mm bullets, 150,000Mills grenades, 16,000 submachine guns (StenGuns) and 210 three-inch (76mm) mortars",along with a few "Davidka" mortars, which had been indigenously designed and produced. They were inaccurate but had a spectacularly loud explosion that demoralized the enemy. A large amount of the munitions used by the Israelis came from theAyalon Institute, a clandestine bullet factory underneath kibbutzAyalon, which produced about 2.5 million bullets for Sten guns. The munitions produced by the Ayalon Institute were said to have been the only supply that was not in shortage during the war. Locally produced explosives were also plentiful. After Israel's independence, these clandestine arms manufacturing operations no longer had to be concealed, and were moved above ground. All of the Haganah's weapons-manufacturing was centralized and later becameIsrael Military Industries. Manpower In November 1947, the Haganah was an underground paramilitary force that had existed as a highly organized, national force, since the Arab riots of1920–21, and throughout theriots of 1929,Great Uprising of 1936–39,and World War II. It had a mobile force, theHISH, which had 2,000 full-time fighters (men and women) and 10,000 reservists (all aged between 18 and 25) and an elite unit, thePalmachcomposed of 2,100 fighters and 1,000 reservists. The reservists trained three or four days a monthand went back to civilian life the rest of the time. These mobile forces could rely on a garrison force, the HIM (Heil Mishmar, lit. Guard Corps), composed of people aged over 25. The Yishuv's total strength was around 35,000 with 15,000 to 18,000 fighters and a garrison force of roughly 20,000. There were also several thousand men and women who had served in the British Army in World War II who did not serve in any of the underground militias but would provide valuable military experience during the war.Walid Khalidi says the Yishuv had the additional forces of the Jewish Settlement Police, numbering some 12,000, the Gadna Youth Battalions, and the armed settlers.Few of the units had been trained by December 1947.On 5 December 1947,conscriptionwas instituted for all men and women aged between 17 and 25 and by the end of March, 21,000 had been conscripted.On 30 March, the call-up was extended to men and single women aged between 26 and 35. Five days later, a General Mobilization order was issued for all men under 40. Irgun The Irgun, whose activities were considered byMI5to be terrorism, was monitored by the British. By March 1948, the Yishuv had a numerical superiority, with 35,780 mobilised and deployed fighters for theHaganah,3,000 ofSternandIrgun, and a few thousand armed settlers. Arab forces The effective number of Arab combatants is listed at 12,000 by some historianswhile others calculate a total Arab strength of approximately 23,500 troops, and with this being more of less or roughly equal to that of the Yishuv. However, as Israel mobilized most of its most able citizens during the war while the Arab troops were only a small percentage of its far greater population, the strength of the Yishuv grew steadily and dramatically during the war. According to Benny Morris, by the end of 1947, the Palestinians "had a healthy and demoralising respect for the Yishuv's military power" and if it came to battle the Palestinians expected to lose. Political objectives Yishuv Yishuv's aims evolved during the war.Mobilization for a total war was organized.Initially, the aim was "simple and modest": to survive the assaults of the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab states. "The Zionist leaders deeply, genuinely, feared a Middle Eastern reenactment of theHolocaust, which had just ended; the Arabs' public rhetoric reinforced these fears". As the war progressed, the aim of expanding the Jewish state beyond the UN partition borders appeared: first to incorporate clusters of isolated Jewish settlements and later to add more territories to the state and give it defensible borders. A third and further aim that emerged among the political and military leaders after four or five months was to "reduce the size of Israel's prospective large and hostile Arab minority, seen as a potential powerfulfifth column, by belligerency and expulsion". Plan Dalet, or Plan D, (Hebrew:תוכנית ד',Tokhnit dalet) was a plan worked out by the Haganah, a Jewish paramilitary group and the forerunner of the Israel Defense Forces, in autumn 1947 to spring 1948, which was sent to Haganah units in early March 1948. According to the academicIlan Pappé, its purpose was to conquer as much ofPalestineand to expel as many Palestinians as possible,though according to Benny Morris there was no such intent. In his bookThe Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Pappé asserts that Plan Dalet was a "blueprint for ethnic cleansing" with the aim of reducing both rural and urban areas of Palestine.According to Gelber, the plan specified that in case of resistance, the population of conquered villages was to be expelled outside the borders of the Jewish state. If no resistance was met, the residents could stay put, under military rule.According to Morris, Plan D called for occupying the areas within the U.N sponsored Jewish state, several concentrations of Jewish population outside those areas (West Jerusalem and Western Galilee), and areas along the roads where the invading Arab armies were expected to attack. The intent of Plan Dalet is subject to much controversy, with historians on the one extreme asserting that it was entirely defensive, and historians on the other extreme asserting that the plan aimed at maximum conquest and expulsion of the Palestinians. The Yishuv perceived the peril of an Arab invasion as threatening its very existence. Having no real knowledge of the Arabs' true military capabilities, the Jews took Arab propaganda literally, preparing for the worst and reacting accordingly. Arab League as a whole TheArab Leaguehad unanimously rejected the UN partition plan and were bitterly opposed to the establishment of a Jewish state. The Arab League before partition affirmed the right to the independence of Palestine, while blocking the creation of a Palestinian government.[clarification needed]Towards the end of 1947, the League established a military committee commanded by the retired Iraqi general Isma'il Safwat whose mission was to analyse the chance of victory of the Palestinians against the Jews.His conclusions were that they had no chance of victory and that an invasion of the Arab regular armies was mandatory.The political committee nevertheless rejected these conclusions and decided to support an armed opposition to the Partition Plan excluding the participation of their regular armed forces. In April with the Palestinian defeat, therefugees coming from Palestineand the pressure of their public opinion, the Arab leaders decided to invade Palestine. The Arab League gave reasons for thecablegram: the Arab states find themselves compelled to intervene in order to restore law and order and to check further bloodshed the Mandate over Palestine has come to an end, leaving no legally constituted authority the only solution of the Palestine problem is the establishment of a unitary Palestinianstate. British diplomatAlec Kirkbridewrote in his 1976 memoirs about a conversation with the Arab League's Secretary-GeneralAzzam Pashaa week before the armies marched: "...when I asked him for his estimate of the size of the Jewish forces, [he] waved his hands and said: 'It does not matter how many there are. We will sweep them into the sea.'"Approximately six months previously, according to aninterview in an 11 October 1947 articleofAkhbar al-Yom, Azzam said: "I personally wish that the Jews do not drive us to this war, as this will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades".[undue weight?–discuss] According toYoav Gelber, the Arab countries were "drawn into the war by the collapse of the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab Liberation Army [and] the Arab governments' primary goal was preventing the Palestinian Arabs' total ruin and the flooding of their own countries by more refugees. According to their own perception, had the invasion not taken place, there was no Arab force in Palestine capable of checking the Haganah's offensive". King Abdullah I of Transjordan King Abdullah was the commander of theArab Legion, the strongest Arab army involved in the war according to Rogan and Shlaim in 2007.However, Morris wrote in 2008 that the Egyptian army was the most powerful and threatening army.The Arab Legion had about 10,000 soldiers, trained and commanded by British officers. King Abdullah outside theChurch of the Holy Sepulchre, 29 May 1948, the day after Jordanian forces took control of the Old City in theBattle for Jerusalem In 1946–47, Abdullah said that he had no intention to "resist or impede the partition of Palestine and creation of aJewish state."Ideally, Abdullah would have liked to annex all of Palestine, but he was prepared to compromise.He supported the partition, intending that the West Bank area of the British Mandate allocated for the Arab state be annexed to Jordan.Abdullah had secret meetings with the Jewish Agency (at which the futureIsraeli Prime MinisterGolda Meirwas among the delegates) that reached an agreement of Jewish non-interference with Jordanian annexation of the West Bank (although Abdullah failed in his goal of acquiring an outlet to the Mediterranean Sea through the Negev desert) and of Jordanian agreement not to attack the area of the Jewish state contained in the United Nations partition resolution (in which Jerusalem was given neither to the Arab nor the Jewish state, but was to be an internationally administered area). In order to keep their support to his plan of annexation of the Arab State, Abdullah promised to the British he would not attack the Jewish State. The neighbouring Arab states pressured Abdullah into joining them in an "all-Arab military invasion" against the newly created State of Israel, that he used to restore his prestige in the Arab world, which had grown suspicious of his relatively good relationship with Western and Jewish leaders.Jordan's undertakings not to cross partition lines were not taken at face value. While repeating assurances that Jordan would only take areas allocated to a future Arab state, on the eve of warTawfik Abu al-Hudatold the British that were other Arab armies to advance against Israel, Jordan would follow suit.On 23 May Abdullah told the French consul in Amman that he "was determined to fight Zionism and prevent the establishment of an Israeli state on the border of his kingdom". Abdullah's role in this war became substantial. He saw himself as the "supreme commander of the Arab forces" and "persuaded the Arab League to appoint him" to this position.Through his leadership, the Arabs fought the 1948 war to meet Abdullah's political goals. Other Arab states KingFarouk of Egyptwas anxious to prevent Abdullah from being seen as the main champion of the Arab world in Palestine, which he feared might damage his own leadership aspirations of the Arab world.In addition, Farouk wished to annex all of southern Palestine to Egypt.According toGamal Abdel Nasserthe Egyptian army first communique described the Palestine operations as a merely punitive expedition against the Zionist "gangs",using a term frequent in Haganah reports of Palestinian fighters.According to a 2019 study, "senior British intelligence, military officers and diplomats in Cairo were deeply involved in a covert scheme to drive the King to participate in the Arab states' war coalition against Israel."These intelligence officers acted without the approval or knowledge of the British government. Nuri as-Said, the strongman of Iraq, had ambitions for bringing the entire Fertile Crescent under Iraqi leadership.Both Syria and Lebanon wished to take certain areas of northern Palestine. One result of the ambitions of the various Arab leaders was a distrust of all the Palestinian leaders who wished to set up a Palestinian state, and a mutual distrust of each other.Co-operation was to be very poor during the war between the various Palestinian factions and the Arab armies. Arab Higher Committee of Amin al-Husayni Further information:All-Palestine Government Following rumours that King Abdullah was re-opening the bilateral negotiations with Israel that he had previously conducted in secret with the Jewish Agency, the Arab League, led by Egypt, decided to set up theAll-Palestine GovernmentinGazaon 8 September under the nominal leadership of the Mufti.Abdullah regarded the attempt to revive al-Husayni's Holy War Army as a challenge to his authority and all armed bodies operating in the areas controlled by the Arab Legion were disbanded.Glubb Pashacarried out the order ruthlessly and efficiently. Initial line-up of forces Military assessments Though the state of Israel faced the formidable armies of neighboring Arab countries, yet due to previous battles by the middle of May the Palestinians themselves hardly existed as a military force.The British Intelligence andArab Leaguemilitary reached similar conclusions. The British Foreign Ministry andC.I.Abelieved that the Arab states would finally win in case of war.Martin Van Creveld says that in terms of manpower, the sides were fairly evenly matched. In May, Egyptian generals told their government that the invasion would be "A parade without any risks" andTel Avivwould be taken "in two weeks."Egypt, Iraq, and Syria all possessed air forces, Egypt and Syria had tanks, and all had some modern artillery.Initially, theHaganahhad no heavy machine guns,artillery, armoured vehicles, anti-tank or anti-aircraft weapons,nor military aircraft or tanks.The four Arab armies that invaded on 15 May were far stronger than the Haganah formations they initially encountered. On 12 May, three days before the invasion, David Ben-Gurion was told by his chief military advisers (who over-estimated the size of the Arab armies and the numbers and efficiency of the troops who would be committed– much as the Arab generals tended to exaggerate Jewish fighters' strength) that Israel's chances of winning a war against the Arab states were only about even. Yishuv/Israeli forces Jewish forces at the invasion: Sources disagree about the amount of arms at the Yishuv's disposal at the end of the Mandate. According to Karsh before the arrival of arms shipments fromCzechoslovakiaas part ofOperation Balak, there was roughly one weapon for every three fighters, and even the Palmach could arm only two out of every three of its active members.According to Collins and LaPierre, by April 1948, the Haganah had managed to accumulate only about 20,000 rifles and Sten guns for the 35,000 soldiers who existed on paper.According to Walid Khalidi "the arms at the disposal of these forces were Franceto transport cargo to Tel Aviv on 13 May. Yishuv forces were organised in 9 brigades, and their numbers grew following Israeli independence, eventually expanding to 12 brigades. Although both sides increased their manpower over the first few months of the war, the Israeli forces grew steadily as a result of the progressive mobilization of Israeli society and the influx of an average of 10,300 immigrants each month.By the end of 1948, theIsrael Defense Forceshad 88,033 soldiers, including 60,000 combat soldiers. Brigade Commander Size Operations Golani Moshe Mann 4,500 Dekel,Hiram Carmeli Moshe Carmel 2,000 Hiram Alexandroni Dan Even 5,200 Latrun,Hametz Kiryati Michael Ben-Gal 1,400 Dani,Hametz Givati Shimon Avidan 5,000 Hametz,Barak,Pleshet Etzioni David Shaltiel Battle of of Ramat Rachel 7th Armoured Shlomo Shamir Battles of Latrun 8th Armoured Yitzhak Sadeh Danny,Yoav,Horev Oded Avraham Yoffe Yoav,Hiram Harel Yitzhak Rabin 1,400 Nachshon,Danny Yiftach Yigal Allon 4,500 inc. some Golani of Latrun Negev Nahum Sarig 2,400 Yoav After the invasion:Franceallowed aircraft carrying arms from Czechoslovakia to land on French territory in transit to Israel, and permitted two arms shipments to ‘Nicaragua’, which were actually intended for Israel. Czechoslovakiasupplied vast quantities of arms to Israelduring the war, including thousands ofvz. 24rifles andMG 34and ZB 37 machine guns, and millions of rounds of ammunition. Czechoslovakia supplied fighter aircraft, including at first tenAvia S-199fighter planes. TheHaganahreadied twelve cargo ships throughout European ports to transfer the accumulated equipment, which would set sail as soon as the British blockade was lifted with the expiration of the Mandate. Following Israeli independence, the Israelis managed to build threeSherman tanksfrom scrap-heap material found in abandoned British ordnance depots. Sherman tanks of the Israeli 8th Armoured Brigade, 1948 The Haganah also managed to obtain stocks of British weapons due to the logistical complexity of the British withdrawal, and the corruption of a number of officials. A Cromwell tank After the first truce: By July 1948, the Israelis had established an air force, a navy, and a tank battalion. On 29 June 1948, the day before the last British troops left Haifa, two British soldiers sympathetic to the Israelis stole twoCromwell tanksfrom an arms depot in the Haifa port area, smashing them through the unguarded gates, and joined the IDF with the tanks. These two tanks would form the basis of theIsraeli Armored Corps. IDFsoldiers of theSamson's Foxesunit advance in a captured EgyptianBren Gun carrier. After the second truce: Czechoslovakia suppliedSupermarine Spitfirefighter planes, whichwere smuggledtoIsraelvia an abandonedLuftwafferunway inYugoslavia, with the agreement of the Yugoslav government.The airborne arms smuggling missions from Czechoslovakia were codenamedOperation Balak. Arab forces At the invasion: In addition to the local irregular Palestinians militia groups, the five Arab states that joined the war expeditionary forces of their regular armies. Additional contingents came fromSaudi ArabiaandYemen. On the eve of the war, the available number of Arab troops likely to be committed to war was between 23,500 and 26,500 (10,000 Egyptians, 4,500 Jordanians, 3,000 Iraqis, 3,000–6,000 Syrians, 2,000ALAvolunteers, 1,000 Lebanese, and several hundred Saudis), in addition to the irregular Palestinians already present. Prior to the war, Arab forces had been trained by British and French instructors. This was particularly true of Jordan's Arab Legion under command of Lt Gen Sir John Glubb. Syria bought a quantity of small arms for theArab Liberation ArmyfromCzechoslovakia, but the shipment never arrived due to Haganah force intervention. Arab states Jordan'sArab Legionwas considered the most effective Arab force. Armed, trained and commanded by British officers, this 8,000–12,000 strong force was organised in four infantry/mechanised regiments supported by some 40 artillery pieces and 75 armoured cars.Until January 1948, it was reinforced by the 3,000-strongTransjordan Frontier Force.As many as 48 British officers served in the Arab Legion.Glubb Pasha, the commander of the Legion, organized his forces into four brigades as follows: Military Division Commander Rank Military Zone of operations First Brigade, includes: 1st and 3rd regiments Desmond Goldie Colonel NablusMilitary Zone Second Brigade, includes: Fifth and Sixth Regiments Sam Sidney Arthur Cooke Brigadier Support force Third Brigade, includes: Second and Fourth Regiments Teel Ashton Colonel RamallahMilitary Zone Fourth Brigade Ahmad Sudqi al-Jundi Colonel Support: Ramallah,Hebron, and Ramla The Arab Legion joined the war in May 1948, but fought only in the area that King Abdullah wanted to secure for Jordan: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. France prevented a large sale of arms by a Swiss company to Ethiopia, brokered by the U.K foreign office, which was actually destined for Egypt and Jordan, denied a British request at the end of April to permit the landing of a squadron of British aircraft on their way to Transjordan, and applied diplomatic pressure on Belgium to suspend arms sales to the Arab states. The Jordanian forces were probably the best trained of all combatants. Other combatant forces lacked the ability to make strategic decisions and tactical maneuvers,as evidenced by positioning the fourth regiment atLatrun, which was abandoned by ALA combatants before the arrival of the Jordanian forces and the importance of which was not fully understood by the Haganah general-staff. In the later stages of the war, Latrun proved to be of extreme importance, and a decisive factor in Jerusalem's fate. In 1948, Iraq's army had 21,000 men in 12 brigades and theIraqi Air Forcehad 100 planes, mostly British. Initially the Iraqis committed around 3,000 mento the war effort, including four infantry brigades, one armoured battalion and support personnel. These forces were to operate under Jordanian guidanceThe first Iraqi forces to be deployed reached Jordan in April 1948 under the command of Gen. Nur ad-Din Mahmud. Vickers light tanks in the desert In 1948, Egypt's army was able to put a maximum of around 40,000 men into the field, 80% of its military-age male population being unfit for military service and its embryonic logistics system being limited in its ability to support ground forces deployed beyond its borders.Initially, an expeditionary force of 10,000 men was sent to Palestine under the command of Maj. Gen.Ahmed Ali al-Mwawi. This force consisted of five infantry battalions, one armoured battalion equipped with BritishLight Tank Mk VIandMatildatanks, one battalion of sixteen25-pounder guns, a battalion of eight6-pounder gunsand one medium-machine-gun battalion with supporting troops. TheEgyptian Air Forcehad over 30Spitfires, 4Hawker Hurricanesand 20C47smodified into crude bombers. Syria had 12,000 soldiers at the beginning of the 1948 War, grouped into three infantry brigades and an armoured force of approximately battalion size. TheSyrian Air Forcehad fifty planes, the 10 newest of which were World War II–generation models. France suspended arms sales to Syria, notwithstanding signed contracts. Lebanon's army was the smallest of the Arab armies, consisting of only 3,500 soldiers.According to Gelber, in June 1947, Ben-Gurion "arrived at an agreement with the Maronite religious leadership in Lebanon that cost a few thousand pounds and kept Lebanon's army out of the War of Independence and the military Arab coalition."A token force of 436 soldiers crossed into northern Galilee, seized two villages after a small skirmish, and withdrew.Israel then invaded and occupied southern Lebanon until the end of the war. Arab forces after the first truce: By the time of the second truce, the Egyptians had 20,000 men in the field in thirteen battalions equipped with 135 tanks and 90artillerypieces. During the first truce, the Iraqis increased their force to about 10,000.Ultimately, the Iraqi expeditionary force numbered around 18,000 men. Saudi Arabia sent hundreds of volunteers to join the Arab forces. In February 1948, around 800 tribesmen had gathered nearAqabaso as to invade theNegev, but crossed to Egypt after Saudi rival King Abdallah officially denied them permission to pass through Jordanian territory.The Saudi troops were attached to the Egyptian command throughout the war,and estimates of their total strength ranged up to 1,200.By July 1948, the Saudis comprised three brigades within the Egyptian expeditionary force, and were stationed as guards between Gaza city and Rafah.This area came under heavy aerial bombardment duringOperation Yoavin October,and faced aland assaultbeginning in late December which culminated in theBattle of Rafahin early January of the new year. With the subsequent armistice of24 February 1949and evacuation of almost 4,000 Arab soldiers and civilians from Gaza, the Saudi contingent withdrew throughArishand returned to Saudi Arabia. During the first truce, Sudan sent six companies of regular troops to fight alongside the Egyptians.Yemen also committed a small expeditionary force to the war effort, and contingents from Morocco joined the Arab armies as well. Course of the war At the last moment, several Arab leaders, to avert catastrophe – secretly appealed to the British to hold on in Palestine for at least another year. First phase: 15 May – 11 June 1948 Further information:Israeli Declaration of Independence Arab offensive, 15 May – 10 June 1948 A "Butterfly" improvised armored car of the Haganah atKibbutzDorotin theNegev,Israel1948. The armored car is based onCMP-15 truck. The car has brought supply to the kibbutz. The Negev were later evacuated by those cars from their kibbutz, before an expected Egyptian Army attack. On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Guriondeclared the establishment of a Jewish stateinEretz-Israelto be known as theState of Israel, a few hours before the termination of the Mandate.At midnight on 15 May 1948, the British Mandate was officially terminated, and the State of Israel came into being. Several hours later,Iraqand the neighboring Arab invaded the newborn state,and immediately attacked Jewish settlements.What was now Israel had already, from 1 April down to 14 May, conducted 8 of its 13 full-scale military operations outside of the area allotted to a Jewish state by partition, and the operational commanderYigal Allonlater stated that had it not been for the Arab invasion, Haganah's forces would have reached 'the natural borders of western Israel.'Although the Arab invasion was denounced by the United States, the Soviet Union, and UN secretary-generalTrygve Lie, it found support from theRepublic of Chinaand other UN member states. The initial Arab plans called for Syrian and Lebanese forces to invade from north while Jordanian and Iraqi forces were to invade from east in order to meet at Nazareth and then to push forward together to Haifa. In the south, the Egyptians were to advance and take Tel Aviv.At the Arab League meeting in Damascus on 11–13 May, Abdullah rejected the plan, which served Syrian interests, using the fact his allies were afraid to go to war without his army. He proposed that the Iraqis attack the Jezreel valley and the Arab Legion enter Ramallah and Nablus and link with the Egyptian army at Hebron,which was more in compliance with his political objective to occupy the territory allocated to the Arab State by the partition plan and promises not to invade the territory allocated to the Jewish State by the partition plan. In addition, Lebanon decided not to take part in the war at the last minute, due to the still-influential Christians' opposition and due to Jewish bribes. Intelligence provided by theFrench consulate in Jerusalemon 12 May 1948 on the Arab armies' invading forces and their revised plan to invade the new state contributed to Israel's success in withstanding the Arab invasion. The first mission of the Jewish forces was to hold on against the Arab armies and stop them, although the Arabs had enjoyed major advantages (the initiative, vastly superior firepower).As the British stopped blocking the incoming Jewish immigrants and arms supply, the Israeli forces grew steadily with large numbers of immigrants and weapons, that allowed the Haganah to transform itself from a paramilitary force into a real army. Initially, the fighting was handled mainly by the Haganah, along with the smaller Jewish militant groupsIrgunandLehi. On 26 May 1948, Israel established theIsrael Defense Forces(IDF), incorporating these forces into one military under a central command. Southern front – Negev Israeli soldiers inNirim Israeli soldiers inNegba The Egyptian force, the largest among the Arab armies, invaded from the south. On 15 May 1948, the Egyptians attacked two settlements:Nirim, using artillery, armoured cars carrying cannons, andBren carriers;andKfar Daromusing artillery, tanks and aircraft. The Egyptians attacks met fierce resistance from the few and lightly armed defenders of both settlements, and failed. On 19 May the Egyptians attackedYad Mordechai, where an inferior force of 100 Israelis armed with nothing more than rifles, a medium machinegun and aPIATanti-tank weapon, held up a column of 2,500 Egyptians, well-supported by armor, artillery and air units, for five days.The Egyptians took heavy losses, while the losses sustained by the defenders were comparatively light. One of the Egyptian force's two main columns made its way northwards along the shoreline, through what is today theGaza Stripand the other column advanced eastwards secure their flanks, the Egyptians attacked and laid siege to a number ofkibbutzimin theNegev, among those Kfar Darom, Nirim, Yad Mordechai, andNegba.The Israeli defenders held out fiercely for days against vastly superior forces, and managed to buy valuable time for the IDF'sGivati Brigadeto prepare to stop the Egyptian drive on Tel Aviv. On 28 May the Egyptians renewed their northern advance, and stopped at a destroyed bridge north toIsdud. The Givati Brigade reported this advance but no fighters were sent to confront the Egyptians. Had the Egyptians wished to continue their advance northward, towardsTel Aviv, there would have been no Israeli force to block them. Further information:Operation Pleshet From 29 May to 3 June, Israeli forces stopped the Egyptian drive north inOperation Pleshet. In the first combat mission performed by Israel's fledgling air force, fourAvia S-199sattacked an Egyptian armored column of 500 vehicles on its way toIsdud. The Israeli planes dropped 70 kilogram bombs and strafed the column, although their machine guns jammed quickly. Two of the planes crashed, killing a pilot. The attack caused the Egyptians to scatter, and they had lost the initiative by the time they had regrouped. Following the air attack, Israeli forces constantly bombarded Egyptian forces in Isdud withNapoleonchikcannons, and IDF patrols engaged in small-scale harassment of Egyptian lines. Following another air attack, the Givati Brigade launched a counterattack. Although the counterattack was repulsed, the Egyptian offensive was halted as Egypt changed its strategy from offensive to defensive, and the initiative shifted to Israel. On 6 June, in theBattle of Nitzanim, Egyptian forces attacked the kibbutz ofNitzanim, located between Majdal (nowAshkelon) and Isdud, and the Israeli defenders surrendered after resisting for five days. Battles of Latrun Further information:Battles of Latrun (1948) The heaviest fighting occurred inJerusalemand on the Jerusalem – Tel Aviv road, between Jordan'sArab Legionand Israeli forces.As part of the redeployment to deal with the Egyptian advance, the Israelis abandoned the Latrun fortress overlooking the main highway to Jerusalem, which the Arab Legion immediately seized.The Arab Legion also occupied the Latrun Monastery. From these positions, the Jordanians were able to cut off supplies to Israeli fighters and civilians in Jerusalem. The Israelis attempted to take the Latrun fortress in a series of battles lasting from 24 May to 18 July. The Arab Legion held Latrun and managed to repulse the attacks.During the attempts to take Latrun, Israeli forces suffered some 586 casualties, among themMickey Marcus, Israel's first general, who was killed byfriendly fire. The Arab Legion also took losses, losing 90 dead and some 200 wounded up to 29 May. Building the Burma Road A bulldozer tows a truck on the "Burma road", June 1948 Area map The besieged IsraeliJerusalemwas only saved via the opening of the so-called "Burma Road", a makeshift bypass road built by Israeli forces that allowed Israeli supply convoys to pass into Jerusalem.Parts of the area where the road was built were cleared of Jordanian snipers in May and the road was completed on 14 June. Supplies had already begun passing through before the road was completed, with the first convoy passing through on the night of 1–2 June. The Jordanians spotted the activity and attempted to shell the road, but were ineffective, as it could not be seen. However, Jordanian sharpshooters killed several road workers, and an attack on 9 June left eight Israelis dead. On 18 July, elements of theHarel Brigadetook about 10 villages to the south of Latrun to enlarge and secure the area of the Burma Road. The Arab Legion was able to repel an Israeli attack on Latrun. The Jordanians launched two counterattacks, temporarily takingBeit Susinbefore being forced back, and capturingGezerafter a fierce battle, which was retaken by two Palmach squads the same evening. Jordanian artillery shelling Jerusalem in 1948 Arab Legionsoldier standing in ruins of the most sacred Synagogue, the"Hurva",Old City. Jewish residents of JerusalemOld Cityfleeing during the Jordanian offensive Battle for Jerusalem Further information:Battle for Jerusalem Mathematics professorMichael Fekete, theProvostof theHebrew UniversityofJerusalem, with his water quota, during the siege ofJerusalem The Jordanians inLatruncut off supplies to western Jerusalem.Though some supplies, mostly munitions, were airdropped into the city, the shortage of food, water, fuel and medicine was acute. The Israeli forces were seriously short of food, water and ammunition. King Abdullah orderedGlubb Pasha, the commander of the Arab Legion, to enter Jerusalem on 17 May. The Arab Legion fired 10,000 artillery and mortar shells a day,and also attackedWest Jerusalemwith sniper fire. Heavy house-to-house fighting occurred between 19 and 28 May, with the Arab Legion eventually succeeding in pushing Israeli forces from the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem as well as theJewish Quarterof the Old City.The 1,500 Jewish inhabitants of the Old City's Jewish Quarter were expelled, and several hundred were detained. The Jews had to be escorted out by the Arab Legion to protect them against Palestinian Arab mobs that intended to massacre them.On 22 May, Arab forces attacked kibbutzRamat Rachelsouth of Jerusalem. After a fierce battle in which 31 Jordanians and 13 Israelis were killed, the defenders of Ramat Rachel withdrew, only to partially retake the kibbutz the following day. Fighting continued until 26 May, until the entire kibbutz was recaptured.Radar Hillwas also taken from the Arab Legion, and held until 26 May, when the Jordanians retook it in a battle that left 19 Israelis and 2 Jordanians dead. A total of 23 attempts by theHarel Brigadeto capture Radar Hill in the war failed. The same day,Thomas C. Wasson, theUS Consul-General in Jerusalemand a member of the UN Truce Commission was shot dead in West Jerusalem. It was disputed whether Wasson was killed by the Arabs or Israelis. In mid to late October 1948, theHarel Brigadebegan its offensive in what was known asOperation Ha-Har, to secure theJerusalem Corridor. Northern Samaria Further information:Battle of Jenin (1948) Israeli soldiers inAfula. An Iraqi force consisting of two infantry and one armoured brigade crossed the Jordan River from northern Jordan,attacking the Israeli settlement of Gesherwith little success.Following this defeat, Iraqi forces moved into the strategic triangle bounded by the Arab On 25 May, they were making their way towardsNetanya, when they were stopped.On 29 May, an Israeli attack against the Iraqis led to three days of heavy fighting over Jenin, but Iraqi forces managed to hold their positions.After these battles, the Iraqi forces became stationary and their involvement in the war effectively ended. Iraqi forces failed in their attacks on Israeli settlements with the most notable battle taking place atGesher, and instead took defensive positions aroundJenin,Nablus, andTulkarm, from where they could put pressure on the Israeli center.On 25 May, Iraqi forces advanced from Tulkarm, takingGeulimand reachingKfar YonaandEin Veredon the Tulkarm-Netanyaroad. TheAlexandroni Brigadethen stopped the Iraqi advance and retook Geulim. The IDFCarmeliandGolani Brigadesattempted to capture Jenin during an offensive launched on 31 May, but were defeated in course of the subsequentbattleby an Iraqi counterattack. Northern front – Lake of Galilee SyrianR-35light tankdestroyed atDegania Alef. Further information:Battles of the Kinarot Valley On 14 May Syria invaded Palestine with the 1st Infantry Brigade supported by a battalion of armoured cars, a company of FrenchR 35and R 37 tanks, an artillery battalion and other units.The Syrian president,Shukri al-Quwwatliinstructed his troops in the front, "to destroy the Zionists". "The situation was very grave. There aren’t enough rifles. There are no heavy weapons,"Ben-Guriontold the Israeli Cabinet.On 15 May, the Syrian forces turned to the Eastern and southernSea of Galileeshores, and attackedSamakhthe neighboringTegart fortand the settlements ofSha'ar HaGolan,Ein Gev, but they were bogged down by resistance.Later, they attackedSamakhusing tanks and aircraft, and on 18 May they succeeded in conqueringSamakhand occupied the abandonedSha'ar HaGolan. On 21 May, the Syrian army was stopped at kibbutzDegania Alefin the north, where local militia reinforced by elements of theCarmeli Brigadehalted Syrian armored forces withMolotov cocktails, hand grenades and a singlePIAT. One tank that was disabled by Molotov cocktails and hand grenades still remains at the kibbutz. The remaining Syrian forces were driven off the next day by fourNapoleonchikmountain guns – Israel's first use of artillery during the war.Following the Syrian forces' defeat at theDeganiasa few days later, they abandoned Syrians were forced to besiege the kibbutz rather than advance.One author claims that the main reason for the Syrian defeat was the Syrian soldiers' low regard for the Israelis who they believed would not stand and fight against the Arab army. On 6 June, the 3rd battalion of theLebanese what became the only intervention of the Lebanese army during the war, handing the towns over to theArab Liberation Armyand withdrawing on 8 July. On 6 June, Syrian forces attacked Mishmar HaYarden, but they were repulsed. On 10 June, the Syrians overranMishmar HaYardenand advanced to the main road, where they were stopped by units of theOded Brigade.Subsequently, the Syrians reverted to a defensive posture, conducting only a few minor attacks on small, exposed Israeli settlements. Palestinian forces Kaukji, theArab Liberation Armycommander In the continuity of the civil war between Jewish and Arab forces that had begun in 1947, battles between Israeli forces and Palestinian Arab militias took place, particularly in the Lydda, al-Ramla, Jerusalem, and Haifa areas. On 23 May, theAlexandroni BrigadecapturedTantura, south ofHaifa, from Arab forces. On 2 June, Holy War Army commanderHasan Salamawas killed in a battle with Haganah atRas al-Ein. Air operations An EgyptianSpitfireshot down over Tel Aviv on 15 May 1948 Volunteers evacuating a wounded man during Egyptian bombardment of Tel Aviv. All Jewish aviation assets were placed under the control of theSherut Avir(Air Service, known as the SA) in November 1947 and flying operations began in the following month from a small civil airport on the outskirts ofTel AvivcalledSde Dov, with the first ground support operation (in anRWD-13)taking place on 17 December. TheGalilee Squadronwas formed atYavne'elin March 1948, and the Negev Squadron was formed atNir-Amin April. By 10 May, when the SA suffered its first combat loss, there were three flying units, an air staff, maintenance facilities and logistics support. At the outbreak of the war on 15 May, the SA became theIsraeli Air Force. With its fleetof light planes it was no match for Arab forces during the first few weeks of the war with andAvro Ansons. On 15 May, with the beginning of the war, fourRoyal Egyptian Air Force(REAF) Spitfires attackedTel Aviv, bombingSde Dov Airfield, where the bulk of Sherut Avir's aircraft were concentrated, as well as theReading Power Station. Several aircraft were destroyed, some others were damaged, and five Israelis were killed. Throughout the following hours, additional waves of Egyptian aircraft bombed and strafed targets around Tel Aviv, although these raids had little effect. One Spitfire was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, and its pilot was taken prisoner. Throughout the next six days, the REAF would continue to attack Tel Aviv, causing civilian casualties. On 18 May, Egyptian warplanes attacked theTel Aviv Central Bus Station, killing 42 people and wounding 100. In addition to their attacks on Tel Aviv, the Egyptians also bombed rural settlements and airfields, though few casualties were caused in these raids. At the outset of the war, the REAF was able to attack Israel with near impunity, due to the lack of Israeli fighter aircraft to intercept them,and met only ground fire. As more effective air defenses were transferred to Tel Aviv, the Egyptians began taking significant aircraft losses. As a result of these losses, as well as the loss of five Spitfires downed by the British when the Egyptians mistakenly attackedRAF Ramat David, the Egyptian air attacks became less frequent. By the end of May 1948, almost the entire REAF Spitfire squadron based inEl Arishhad been lost, including many of its best pilots. Although lacking fighter or bomber aircraft, in the first few days of the war, Israel's embryonic air force still attacked Arab targets, with light aircraft being utilized as makeshift bombers, striking Arab encampments and columns. The raids were mostly carried out at night to avoid interception by Arab fighter aircraft. These attacks usually had little effect, except on morale. Avia S-199 Israeli 1st fighter aircraft Israeli Spitfire F Mk Israeli B-17s in flight The balance of air power soon began to swing in favor of the Israeli Air Force following the arrival of 25Avia S-199sfromCzechoslovakia, the first of which arrived in Israel on 20 May. Ironically, Israel was using the Avia S-199, an inferior derivative of theBf 109designed inNazi Germanyto counter British-designed Spitfires flown by Egypt. Throughout the rest of the war, Israel would acquire more Avia fighters, as well as 62 Spitfires from Czechoslovakia. On 28 May 1948, Sherut Avir became the Israeli Air Force. Many of the pilots who fought for the Israeli Air Force wereforeign volunteersor mercenaries, including manyWorld War IIveterans. On 3 June, Israel scored its first victory in aerial combat when Israeli pilotModi Alonshot down a pair of Egyptian DC-3s that had just bombed Tel Aviv. Although Tel Aviv would see additional raids by fighter aircraft, there would be no more raids by bombers for the rest of the war. From then on, theIsraeli Air Forcebegan engaging the Arab air forces in air-to-air combat. The first dogfight took place on 8 June, when an Israeli fighter plane flown by Gideon Lichtman shot down an Egyptian Spitfire. By the fall of 1948, the IAF had achievedair superiorityand had superior firepower and more knowledgeable personnel, many of whom had seen action in World War II.Israeli planes then began intercepting and engaging Arab aircraft on bombing missions. Following Israeli air attacks on Egyptian and Iraqi columns, the Egyptians repeatedly bombedEkron Airfield, where IAF fighters were based. During a 30 May raid, bombs aimed for Ekron hit centralRehovot, killing 7 civilians and wounding 30. In response to this, and probably to the Jordanian victories atLatrun, Israel began bombing targets in Arab cities. On the night of 31 May/1 June, the first Israeli raid on an Arab capital took place when three IAF planes flew toAmmanand dropped several dozen 55 and 110-pound bombs, hitting the King's Palace and an adjacent British airfield. Some 12 people were killed and 30 wounded. During the attack, an RAF hangar was damaged, as were some British aircraft. The British threatened that in the event of another such attack, they would shoot down the attacking aircraft and bomb Israeli airfields, and as a result, Israeli aircraft did not attack Amman again for the rest of the war. Israel also andCairo. IsraeliBoeing B-17 Flying Fortressbombers coming to Israel fromCzechoslovakiabombed Egypt on their way to Israel.According toAlan Dershowitz, Israeli planes focused on bombing military targets in these attacks, though Benny Morris wrote that an 11 June air raid onDamascuswas indiscriminate. Sea battles which became the Israeli INS Eilat At the outset of the war, theIsraeli Navyconsisted of three formerAliyah Betships that had been seized by the British and impounded inHaifaharbor, where they were tied up at the breakwater. Work on establishing a navy had begun shortly before Israeli independence, and the three ships were selected due to them having a military background – one, the INSEilat, was an ex-US Coast Guardicebreaker, and the other two, the INSHaganahand INSWedgwood, had beenRoyal Canadian Navycorvettes. The ships were put into minimum running condition by contractors dressed as stevedores and port personnel, who were able to work in the engine rooms and below deck. The work had to be clandestine to avoid arousing British suspicion. On 21 May 1948, the three ships set sail for Tel Aviv, and were made to look like ships that had been purchased by foreign owners for commercial use. In Tel Aviv, the ships were fitted with small field guns dating to the late 19th century and anti-aircraft guns. After the British left Haifa port on 30 June, Haifa became the main base of the Israeli Navy. In October 1948, asubmarine chaserwas purchased from the United States. The warships were manned by former merchant seamen, former crewmembers of Aliyah Bet ships, Israelis who had served in theRoyal Navyduring World War II, and foreign volunteers. The newly refurbished and crewed warships served on coastal patrol duties and bombarded Egyptian coastal installations in and around theGazaarea all the way toPort Said. End of the first phase Palestine Military Situation, 11 June 1948. Truman Papers Throughout the following days, the Arabs were only able to make limited gains due to fierce Israeli resistance, and were quickly driven off their new holdings by Israeli counterattacks. As the war progressed, the IDF managed to field more troops than the Arab forces. In July 1948, the IDF had 63,000 troops; by early spring 1949, they had 115,000. The Arab armies had an estimated 40,000 troops in July 1948, rising to 55,000 in October 1948, and slightly more by the spring of 1949. Upon the implementation of the truce, the IDF had control over nine Arab cities and towns or mixed cities and towns: Another city,Jenin, was not occupied but its residents fled. The combined Arab forces captured 14 Jewish settlement points, but only one of them,Mishmar HaYarden, was in the territory of the proposed Jewish State according toResolution 181. Within the boundaries of the proposed Jewish state, there were twelve Arab villages which opposed Jewish control or were captured by the invading Arab armies, and in addition to them, theLod Airportand pumping station nearAntipatris, which were within the boundaries of the proposed Jewish state, were under the control of the Arabs. The IDF captured about 50 large Arab villages outside of the boundaries of the proposed Jewish State and a larger number of hamlets and Bedouin encampments. 350 square kilometers of the proposed Jewish State were under the control of the Arab forces, while 700 square kilometers of the proposed Arab State were under the control of the IDF. This figure ignores the Negev desert which was not under any absolute control of either side. In the period between the invasion and the first truce the Syrian army had 315 of its men killed and 400–500 injured; the Iraqi expeditionary force had 200 of its men killed and 500 injured; the Jordanian Arab Legion had 300 of its men killed and 400–500 (including irregulars and Palesinian volunteers fighting under the Jordanians); the Egyptian army had 600 of its men killed and 1,400 injured (including irregulars from theMuslim Brotherhood); the ALA, which returned to fight in early June, had 100 of its men killed or injured. 800 Jews were taken hostage by the Arabs and 1,300 Arabs were taken hostage by the Jews, mostly Palestinians. First truce: 11 June – 8 July 1948 The UN declared a truce on 29 May, which came into effect on 11 June and lasted 28 days. The truce was designed to last 28 days and an arms embargo was declared with the intention that neither side would make any gains from the truce. Neither side respected the truce; both found ways around the restrictions placed on them.Both the Israelis and the Arabs used this time to improve their positions, a direct violation of the terms of the ceasefire. Reinforcements Israeli Forces 1948 Initial strength 29,677 4 June 40,825 17 July 63,586 7 October 88,033 28 October 92,275 2 December 106,900 23 December 107,652 30 December 108,300 At the time of the truce, the British view was that "the Jews are too weak in armament to achieve spectacular success".As the truce commenced, a British officer stationed inHaifastated that the four-week-long truce "would certainly be exploited by the Jews to continue military training and reorganization while the Arabs would waste [them] feuding over the future divisions of the spoils".During the truce, the Israelis sought to bolster their forces by massive import of arms.The IDF was able toacquire weapons from Czechoslovakiaas well as improve training of forces and reorganization of the army during this time.Yitzhak Rabin, an IDF commander at the time of the war and later Israel's fifth Prime Minister, stated "[w]ithout the arms from Czechoslovakia... it is very doubtful whether we would have been able to conduct the war". The Israeli army increased its manpower from approximately 30,000–35,000 men to almost 65,000 during the truce due to mobilization and the constant immigration into Israel. It was also able to increase its arms supply to more than 25,000 rifles, 5,000 machine guns, and fifty million bullets.As well as violating the arms and personnel embargo, they also sent fresh units to the front lines, much as their Arab enemies did. Altalenaburning near Tel Aviv beach During the truce, Irgun attempted to bring in a private arms shipment aboard a ship calledAltalena. Fearing a coup by the Irgun (at the time the IDF was in the process of integrating various pre-independence political factions), Ben-Gurion ordered that the arms be confiscated by force. After some miscommunication, the army was ordered by Ben-Gurion to sink the ship. Several Irgun members and IDF soldiers were killed in the fighting. UN mediator Bernadotte UN Palestine mediator,Folke Bernadotte, assassinated in September 1948 by the militant groupLehi. Theceasefirewas overseen by UN mediatorFolke Bernadotteand a team of UN Observers made up of army officers from Belgium, United States, Sweden and France.Bernadotte was voted in by the General Assembly to "assure the safety of the holy places, to safeguard the well being of the population, and to promote 'a peaceful adjustment of the future situation of Palestine'". Folke Bernadottereported: During the period of the truce, three violations occurred ... of such a serious nature: the attempt by ...the Irgun Zvai Leumi to bring war materials and immigrants, including men of military age, into Palestine aboard the shipAltalenaon 21 June... Another truce violation occurred through the refusal of Egyptian forces to permit the passage of relief convoys to Jewish settlements in the Negeb... The third violation of the truce arose as a result of the failure of the Transjordan and Iraqi forces to permit the flow of water to Jerusalem. After the truce was in place, Bernadotte began to address the issue of achieving a political settlement. The main obstacles in his opinion were "the Arab world's continued rejection of the existence of a Jewish state, whatever its borders; Israel's new 'philosophy', based on its increasing military strength, of ignoring the partition boundaries and conquering what additional territory it could; and the emerging Palestinian Arab refugee problem". Taking all the issues into account, Bernadotte presented a new partition plan. He proposed there be a Palestinian Arab state alongside Israel and that a "Union" "be established between the two sovereign states of Israel and Jordan (which now included the West Bank); that the Negev, or part of it, be included in the Arab state and that Western Galilee, or part of it, be included in Israel; that the whole of Jerusalem be part of the Arab state, with the Jewish areas enjoying municipal autonomy and that Lydda Airport and Haifa be 'free ports' – presumably free of Israeli or Arab sovereignty".Israel rejected the proposal, in particular the aspect of losing control of Jerusalem, but they did agree to extend the truce for another month. The Arabs rejected both the extension of the truce and the proposal. Second phase: 8–18 July 1948 ("Ten Day Battles") On 8 July, the day before the expiration of the truce, Egyptian forces under GeneralMuhammad Naguibrenewed the war byattacking Negba.The following day, Israeli air forces launched a simultaneous offensive on all three fronts, ranging the Egyptian air force bombed the city of Tel Aviv.During the fighting, the Israelis were able to open a lifeline to a number of besieged kibbutzim. The fighting continued for ten days until the UN Security Council issued the Second Truce on 18 July. During those 10 days, the fighting was dominated by large-scale Israeli offensives and a defensive posture from the Arab side. Southern front Further information:Operation An-FarandOperation Death to the Invader An Egyptian artillery piece captured by battalion 53 of theGivati Brigade. In the south, the IDF carried out several offensives, includingOperation An-FarandOperation Death to the Invader. The task of the 11th Brigades's 1st Battalion on the southern flank was to capture villages, and its operation ran smoothly, with but little resistance from local irregulars. According to Amnon Neumann, aPalmachveteran of the Southern front, hardly any Arab villages in the south fought back, due to the miserable poverty of their means and lack of weapons, and suffered expulsion.What slight resistance was offered was quelled by an artillery barrage, followed by the storming of the village, whose residents were expelled and houses destroyed. Further information:Battles of Negba On 12 July, the Egyptians launched an offensive action, and again attackedNegba, which they had previously failed to capture, using three infantry battalions, an armored battalion, and an artillery regiment. In the battle that followed, the Egyptians were repulsed, suffering 200–300 casualties, while the Israelis lost 5 dead and 16 wounded. After failing to take Negba, the Egyptians turned their attention to more isolated settlements and positions. On 14 July, an Egyptian attack onGal Onwas driven off by a minefield and by resistance from Gal On's residents. Further information:Battle of Be'erot Yitzhak The Egyptians then assaulted the lightly defended village ofBe'erot Yitzhak. The Egyptians managed to penetrate the village perimeter, but the defenders concentrated in an inner position in the village and fought off the Egyptian advance until IDF reinforcements arrived and drove out the attackers. The Egyptians suffered an estimated 200 casualties, while the Israelis had 17 dead and 15 wounded. The battle was one of Egypt's last offensive actions during the war, and the Egyptians did not attack any Israeli villages following this battle. Lydda and al-Ramla Israeli soldiers in Lod (Lydda) or Ramle. On 10 July,Glubb Pashaordered the defendingArab Legiontroops to "make arrangements...for a phony war".IsraeliOperation Dannywas the most important Israeli offensive, aimed at securing and enlarging the corridor between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv by capturing the roadside citiesLod(Lydda) andRamle. In a second planned stage of the operation the fortified positions ofLatrun– overlooking the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway – and the city ofRamallahwere also to be captured.Hadita, near Latrun, was captured by the Israelis at a cost of 9 dead. Further information:1948 Palestinian exodus from Lydda and RamleandOperation Danny Israeli armored vehicles inLydda airportafter the town's capture by Israeli forces. Arab forces surrender to the victorious Israelis inRamla. The objectives of Operation Danny were to capture territory east of Tel Aviv and then to push inland and relieve the Jewish population and forces inJerusalem. Lydda had become an important military center in the region, lending support to Arab military activities elsewhere, and Ramle was one of the main obstacles blocking Jewish transportation. Lydda was defended by a local militia of around 1,000 residents, with anArab Legioncontingent of 125–300. The IDF forces gathered to attack the city numbered around 8,000. It was the first operation where several brigades were involved. The city was attacked from the north viaMajdal al-Sadiqandal-Muzayri'a, and from the east Bombers were also used for the first time in the conflict to bombard the city. The IDF captured the city on 11 July. Up to 450 Arabs and 9–10 Israeli soldiers were killed. The next day, Ramle fell.The civilian populations of Lydda and Ramlefled or were expelledto the Arab front lines, and following resistance in Lydda, the population there was expelled without provision of transport vehicles; some of the evictees died on the long walk under the hot July sun. Further information:Battles of Latrun (1948) On 15–16 July, an attack on Latrun took place but did not manage to occupy the fort.A desperate second attempt occurred on 18 July by units from theYiftach Brigadeequipped with armored vehicles, including twoCromwell tanks, but that attack also failed. Despite the second truce, which began on 18 July, the Israeli efforts to conquer Latrun continued until 20 July. Jerusalem Further information:Operation Kedem Beit Horon Battalionsoldiers in theRussian Compoundin Jerusalem, 1948 Operation Kedem's aim was to secure the Old City of Jerusalem, but fewer resources were allocated. The operation failed.Originally the operation was to begin on 8 July, immediately after the first truce, However, it was delayed byDavid Shaltiel, possibly because he did not trust their ability after their failure to captureDeir Yassinwithout Haganah assistance. Irgun forces commanded byYehuda Lapidotwere to break through at theNew Gate, Lehi was to break through the wall stretching from the New Gate to theJaffa Gate, and theBeit Horon Battalionwas to strike fromMount Zion. The battle was planned to begin on theShabbat, at 20:00 on 16 July, two days before the second ceasefire of the war. The plan went wrong from the beginning and was postponed first to 23:00 and then to midnight. It was not until 02:30 that the battle actually began. The Irgun managed to break through at the New Gate, but the other forces failed in their missions. At 05:45 on 17 July, Shaltiel ordered a retreat and to cease hostilities. On 14 July 1948, Irgun occupied the Arab village ofMalhaafter a fierce battle. Several hours later, the Arabs launched a counterattack, but Israeli reinforcements arrived, and the village was retaken at a cost of 17 dead. Southern Galilee Further information:Operation Dekel The second plan wasOperation Dekel, which was aimed at capturing theLower GalileeincludingNazareth. Nazareth was captured on 16 July, and by the time the second truce took effect at 19:00 18 July, the whole Lower Galilee from Haifa Bay to theSea of Galileewas captured by Israel. Eastern Galilee Operation Brosh was launched in a failed attempt to dislodge Syrian forces from the Eastern Galilee and the Benot Yaakov Bridge. During the operation, 200 Syrians and 100 Israelis were killed. TheIsraeli Air Forcealso bombedDamascusfor the first time. Second truce: 18 July – 15 October 1948 Further information:Folke Bernadotte At 19:00 on 18 July, the second truce of the conflict went into effect after intense diplomatic efforts by the UN. On 16 September, CountFolke Bernadotteproposed a new partition for Palestine in which theNegevwould be divided between Jordan and Egypt, and Jordan would annexLyddaandRamla. There would be a Jewish state in the whole ofGalilee, with the frontier running from Faluja northeast towards Ramla and Lydda.Jerusalemwould be internationalized, with municipal autonomy for the city's Jewish and Arab inhabitants, thePort of Haifawould be a free port, andLydda Airportwould be a free airport. AllPalestinian refugeeswould be granted theright of return, and those who chose not to return would be compensated for lost property. The UN would control and regulate Jewish immigration. The plan was once again rejected by both sides. On the next day, 17 September, Bernadotte wasassassinatedin Jerusalem by the militant Zionist groupLehi. A four-man team ambushed Bernadotte's motorcade in Jerusalem, killing him and a French UN observer sitting next to him. Lehi saw Bernadotte as a British and Arab puppet, and thus a serious threat to the emerging State of Israel, and feared that the provisional Israeli government would accept the plan, which it considered disastrous. Unbeknownst to Lehi, the government had already decided to reject it and resume combat in a month. Bernadotte's deputy, AmericanRalph Bunche, replaced him. On 22 September 1948, theProvisional State Councilof Israel passed the Area of Jurisdiction and Powers Ordnance, 5708–1948. The law officially added to Israel's size by annexing all land it had captured since the war began. It also declared that from then on, any part of Palestine captured by the Israeli army would automatically become part of Israel. Little triangle pocket Main article:Operation Shoter The Arab villagers of the area known as the "Little Triangle" south ofHaifa, repeatedly fired at Israeli traffic along the main road fromTel AvivtoHaifaand were supplied by the Iraqis from northern Samaria.The sniping at traffic continued during the Second Truce. The poorly planned assaults on 18 June and 8 July had failed to dislodge Arab militia from their superior positions. The Israelis launchedOperation Shoteron 24 July in order to gain control of the main road to Haifa and to destroy all the enemy in the area.Israeli assaults on 24 and 25 July were beaten back by stiff resistance. The Israelis then broke the Arab defenses with an infantry and armour assault backed by heavy artillery shelling and aerial bombing. Three Arab villages surrendered, and most of the inhabitants fled before and during the attack. The Israeli soldiers and aircraft struck at one of the Arab retreat routes, killing 60 Arab Most of the inhabitants fled before and during the attack, reaching northern Samaria; hundreds were forcibly expelled during the following days. At least a hundred militiamen and civilians were killed. The Arabs claimed that the Israelis had massacred Arab civilians, but the Israelis rejected the United Nations investigation found no evidence of a massacre. Following the operation, the Tel Aviv-Haifa road was open to Israeli military and civilian traffic, and Arab roadblocks along the route were removed. Traffic along the Haifa-Haderacoastal railway was also restored. Third phase: 15 October 1948 – 10 March 1949 October battles Israel launched a series of military operations to drive out the Arab armies and secure the northern and southern borders of Israel. Northern front – Galilee Further information:Operation Hiram An Israeli mortar team outsideSafsafin October 1948. Israeli soldiers attack Sasa during Operation Hiram, October 1948. On 22 October, the third truce went into effect.Irregular Arab forces refused to recognize the truce, and continued to harass Israeli forces and settlements in the north. On the same day that the truce came into effect, theArab Liberation Armyviolated the truce by attackingManara, capturing the strongpoint ofSheikh Abed, repulsing counterattacks by local Israeli units, and ambushed Israeli forces attempting to relieve Manara. The IDF'sCarmeli Brigadelost 33 dead and 40 wounded.Manara andMisgav Amwere totally cut off, and Israel's protests at the UN failed to change the situation. On 24 October, the IDF launchedOperation Hiramand captured the entireupper Galileearea, driving the ALA back to Lebanon, and ambushing and destroying an entire Syrian battalion.The Israeli force of four infantry brigades was commanded byMoshe Carmel.The entire operation lasted just 60 hours, during which numerous villages were captured, often after locals or Arab forces put up resistance.Arab losses were estimated at 400 dead and 550 taken prisoner, with low Israeli casualties. Some prisoners were reportedly executed by the Israeli forces. An estimated 50,000 Palestinian refugees fled into Lebanon, some of them fleeing ahead of the advancing forces, and some expelled from villages which had resisted, while the Arab inhabitants of those villages which had remained at peace were allowed to remain and became Israeli citizens. The villagers ofIqritand Birim were persuaded to leave their homes by Israeli authorities, who promised them that they would be allowed to return. Israel eventually decided not to allow them to return, and offered them financial compensation, which they refused to accept. At the end of the month, the IDF had captured the whole of Galilee, driven all ALA forces out of Israel, and had advanced 5 miles (8.0km) intoLebanonto theLitani River,occupying thirteen Lebanese villages. In the village ofHula, two Israeli officerskilledbetween 35 and 58 prisoners as retaliation for theHaifa Oil Refinery massacre. Both officers were later put on trial for their actions. Negev Israeli troops occupying abandoned Egyptian trenches atHuleiqat, October 1948. IDF forces Yoav. IDF artillery unit in the Negev IDF forces nearBayt Nattif(near Hebron) after it was captured. Oct 1948. Further information:Operation andBattles of the Sinai Israel launched a series of military operations to drive out the Arab armies and secure the borders of Israel. However, invading the West Bank might have brought into the borders of the expanding State of Israel a massive Arab population it could not absorb. The Negev desert was an empty space for expansion, so the main war effort shifted to Negev from early October.Israel decided to destroy or at least drive out the Egyptian expeditionary force since the Egyptian front lines were too vulnerable as permanent borders. On 15 October, the IDF launchedOperation Yoavin the northern Negev.Its goal was to drive a wedge between the Egyptian forces along the coast and theBeersheba-Hebron-Jerusalem road and ultimately to conquer the whole Negev.This was a special concern on the Israeli part because of a British diplomatic campaign to have the entire Negev handed over to Egypt and Jordan, and which thus made Ben-Gurion anxious to have Israeli forces in control of the Negev as soon as possible. Operation Yoav was headed by the Southern Front commanderYigal Allon. Committed to Yoav were three infantry and one armoured brigades, who were given the task of breaking through the Egyptian lines.The Egyptian positions were badly weakened by the lack of adefense in depth, which meant that once the IDF had broken through the Egyptian lines, there was little to stop them.The operation was a huge success, shattering the Egyptian ranks and forcing the Egyptian Army from the northern In the so-called "Faluja Pocket", an encircled Egyptian force was able to hold out for four months until the1949 Armistice Agreements, when the village was peacefully transferred to Israel and the Egyptian troops left.Four warships of theIsraeli Navyprovided support by bombarding Egyptian shore installations in theAshkelonarea, and preventing theEgyptian Navyfrom evacuating retreating Egyptian troops by sea. On 19 October,Operation Ha-Harcommenced in theJerusalem Corridor, while anaval battlealso took place near Majdal (nowAshkelon), with three Israeli corvettes facing an Egyptian corvette with air support. An Israeli sailor was killed and four wounded, and two of the ships were damaged. One Egyptian plane was shot down, but the corvette escaped. Israeli naval vessels also shelled Majdal on 17 October, andGazaon 21 October, with air support from theIsraeli Air Force. The same day, the IDFcaptured Beersheba, and took 120 Egyptian soldiers prisoner. On 22 October, Israeli naval commandos using explosive boatssankthe Egyptian FlagshipEmir Farouk, and damaged an Egyptian minesweeper. On 9 November 1948, the IDF launchedOperation Shmoneto capture theTegart fortin the village ofIraq Suwaydan. The fort's Egyptian defenders had previously repulsed eight attempts to take it, including two during Operation Yoav. Israeli forces bombarded the fort before an assault with artillery and airstrikes by B-17 bombers. After breaching the outlying fences without resistance, the Israelis blew a hole in the fort's outer wall, prompting the 180 Egyptian soldiers manning the fort to surrender without a fight. The defeat prompted the Egyptians to evacuate several nearby positions, including hills the IDF had failed to take by force. Meanwhile, IDF forces took Iraq Suwaydan itself after a fierce battle, losing 6 dead and 14 wounded. From 5 to 7 December, the IDF conductedOperation Assafto take control of the Western Negev. The main assaults were spearheaded by mechanized forces, whileGolani Brigadeinfantry covered the rear. An Egyptian counterattack was repulsed. The Egyptians planned another counterattack, but it failed after Israeli aerial reconnaissance revealed Egyptian preparations, and the Israelis launched a preemptive strike. About 100 Egyptians were killed, and 5 tanks were destroyed, with the Israelis losing 5 killed and 30 wounded. An Israeli convoy in the Negev during Operation Horev On 22 December, the IDF launchedOperation Horev(also called Operation Ayin).The goal of the operation was to drive all remaining Egyptian forces from the Negev, destroying the Egyptian threat on Israel's southern communities and forcing the Egyptians into a ceasefire. During five days of fighting, the Israelis secured the Western Negev, expelling all Egyptian forces from the area. Israeli forces subsequently launched raids into theNitzanaarea, and entered theSinai Peninsulaon 28 December. The IDF captured Umm Katef andAbu Ageila, and advanced north towardsAl Arish, with the goal of encircling the entire Egyptian expeditionary force. Israeli forces pulled out of the Sinai on 2 January 1949 following joint British-American pressure and a British threat of military action. IDF forces regrouped at the border with theGaza Strip. Israeli forces attackedRafahthe following day, and after several days of fighting, Egyptian forces in the Gaza Strip were surrounded. The Egyptians agreed to negotiate a ceasefire on 7 January, and the IDF subsequently pulled out of Gaza.According to Morris, "the inequitable and unfair rules of engagement: the Arabs could launch offensives with impunity, but international interventions always hampered and restrained Israel's counterattacks." On 28 December, theAlexandroni Brigadefailed to take the Falluja Pocket, but managed to seize Iraq el-Manshiyeh and temporarily hold it.The Egyptians counterattacked, but were mistaken for a friendly force and allowed to advance, trapping a large number of men. The Israelis lost 87 soldiers. On 5 March,Operation Uvdawas launched following nearly a month of reconnaissance, with the goal of securing the Southern Negev from Jordan. The IDF entered and secured the territory, but did not meet significant resistance along the way, as the area was already designated to be part of the Jewish state in the UN Partition Plan, and the operation meant to establish Israeli sovereignty over the territory rather than actually conquer it. The Golani,Negev, and Alexandroni brigades participated in the operation, together with some smaller units and with naval support. On 10 March, Israeli forces secured the Southern Negev, reaching the southern tip of Palestine: Umm Rashrash on theRed Sea(whereEilatwas built later) and taking it without a battle. Israeli soldiers raised a hand-made Israeli Flag ("The Ink Flag") at 16:00 on 10 March, claiming Umm Rashrash for Israel. The raising of the Ink Flag is considered to be the end of the war. Anglo-Israeli air clashes The funeral of aRoyal Air Forcepilot killed during a clash with theIsraeli Air Force. As the fighting progressed and Israel mounted an incursion into the Sinai, theRoyal Air Forcebegan conducting almost daily reconnaissance missions over Israel and the Sinai. RAF reconnaissance aircraft took off from Egyptian airbases and sometimes flew alongsideRoyal Egyptian Air Forceplanes. High-flying British aircraft frequently flew overHaifaandRamat David Airbase, and became known to the Israelis as the "shuftykeit." On 20 November 1948, an unarmed RAF photo-reconnaissanceDe Havilland MosquitoofNo. 13 Squadron RAFwas shot down by anIsraeli Air ForceP-51 Mustangflown by American volunteer Wayne Peake as it flew over Airbase. Peake opened fire with his cannons, causing a fire to break out in the port engine. The aircraft turned to sea and lowered its altitude, then exploded and crashed offAshdod. The pilot and navigator were both killed. Just before noon on 7 January 1949, fourSpitfireFR18s fromNo. 208 Squadron RAFon a reconnaissance mission in theDeir al-Balaharea flew over an Israeli convoy that had been attacked by five Egyptian Spitfires fifteen minutes earlier. The pilots had spotted smoking vehicles and were drawn to the scene out of curiosity. Two planes dived to below 500feet altitude to take pictures of the convoy, while the remaining two covered them from 1,500feet. Israeli soldiers on the ground, alerted by the sound of the approaching Spitfires and fearing another Egyptian air attack, opened fire with machine guns. One Spitfire was shot down by a tank-mounted machine gun, while the other was lightly damaged and rapidly pulled up. The remaining three Spitfires were then attacked by patrolling IAF Spitfires flown byChalmers Goodlinand John McElroy, volunteers from the United States and Canada respectively. All three Spitfires were shot down, and one pilot was killed. Two pilots were captured by Israeli soldiers and taken toTel Avivfor interrogation, and were later released. Another was rescued byBedouinsand handed over to the Egyptian Army, which turned him over to the RAF. Later that day, four RAF Spitfires from the same squadron escorted by sevenHawker TempestsfromNo. 213 Squadron RAFand eight fromNo. 6 Squadron RAFwent searching for the lost planes, and were attacked by four IAF Spitfires. The Israeli formation was led byEzer Weizman. The remaining three were manned by Weizman's wingman Alex Jacobs and American volunteers Bill Schroeder and Caesar Dangott.The Tempests found they could not jettison their external fuel tanks, and some had non-operational guns. Schroeder shot down a British Tempest, killing pilot David Tattersfield, and Weizman severely damaged a British plane flown by Douglas Liquorish. Weizman's plane and two other British aircraft also suffered light damage during the engagement. During the battle, British Tempest pilots treated British Spitfires as potential Israeli aircraft until the British Spitfire pilots were told by radio to wiggle their wings to be more clearly identifiable. The engagement ended when the Israelis realized the danger of their situation and disengaged, returning to Hatzor Airbase. Israeli Prime MinisterDavid Ben-Gurionpersonally ordered the wrecks of the RAF fighters that had been shot down to be dragged into Israeli territory. Israeli troops subsequently visited the crash sites, removed various parts, and buried the other aircraft. However, the Israelis did not manage to conceal the wrecks in time to prevent British reconnaissance planes from photographing them. An RAF salvage team was deployed to recover the wrecks, entering Israeli territory during their search. Two were discovered inside Egypt, while Tattersfield's Tempest was found north ofNirim, four miles inside Israel. Interviews with local Arabs confirmed that the Israelis had visited the crash sites to remove and bury the wrecks. Tattersfield was initially buried near the wreckage, but his body was later removed and reburied at the British War Cemetery inRamla. In response, the RAF readied all Tempests and Spitfires to attack any IAF aircraft they encountered and bomb IAF airfields. British troops in the Middle East were placed on high alert with all leave cancelled, and British citizens were advised to leave Israel. TheRoyal Navywas also placed on high alert. At Hatzor Airbase, the general consensus among the pilots, most of whom had flown with or alongside the RAF during World War II, was that the RAF would not allow the loss of five aircraft and two pilots to go without retaliation, and would probably attack the base at dawn the next day. That night, in anticipation of an impending British attack, some pilots decided not to offer any resistance and left the base, while others prepared their Spitfires and were strapped into the cockpits at dawn, preparing to repel a retaliatory airstrike. However, despite pressure from the squadrons involved in the incidents, British commanders refused to authorize any retaliatory strikes. The day following the incident, British pilots were issued a directive to regard any Israeli aircraft infiltrating Egyptian or Jordanian airspace as hostile and to shoot them down, but were also ordered to avoid activity close to Israel's borders. Later in January 1949, the British managed to prevent the delivery of aviation spirit and other essential fuels to Israel in retaliation for the incident. TheBritish Foreign Officepresented the Israeli government with a demand for compensation over the loss of personnel and equipment. UN Resolution 194 In December 1948, theUN General AssemblypassedResolution 194. It called to establish aUN Conciliation Commissionto facilitate peace between Israel and Arab states. However, many of the resolution's articles were not fulfilled, since these were opposed by Israel, rejected by the Arab states, or were overshadowed by war as the 1948 conflict continued. Weapons Largely leftover World War II era weapons were used by both sides. Egypt had some British equipment; the Syrian army had some French. German, Czechoslovak and British equipment was used by Israel. Type Arab armies IDF Tanks Matilda IVs(dug in and used as stationary gun emplacements by Egypt),Fiat M13/40,Sherman M4,M-22,VickersMK-6. Cromwell tanks,H39s,M4 Sherman APCs/IFVs British World War II era trucks,Humber Mk III & IV, Automitrailleuses Dodge/Bich type, improvised armored cars/trucks,Marmon-Herrington Armoured Cars,Universal Carriers,Lloyd Towing Carriers British World War II era trucks, improvised armored cars/trucks,White M3A1 Scout Cars,Daimler Armoured Cars,Universal Carriers,M3 Half-tracks,IHC M14 Half-tracks,M5 Half-tracks Artillery Mortars,15cm sIG33 auf Pz IIs,25mm anti-tank guns on Bren carriers, improvised self-propelled guns used by Syrians in 1948–49, 65mm mountain guns onLorraine 38Lchenillettes, 2-pounder anti-tank guns, 6-pounder anti-tank guns Mortars, 2-inch (51mm) British mortars, 65mm French howitzers (Napoleonchiks),120mm French mortars,Davidka mortars Aircraft Spitfires,T-6 Texans,C-47 Dakotas,Hawker Hurricanes,Avro Ansons Spitfires,Avia S-199s,B-17 Flying Fortresses,P-51 Mustangs,C-47 Dakotas Small Arms Lee–Enfield rifles,Bren Guns,Sten guns,MAS 36s Sten guns,Mills grenades,Karabiner 98k(Czech copies),Bren Guns,MP 40s,MG-34 Machine guns,Thompson submachine guns,Lee–Enfield rifles,Molotov cocktails,PIAT anti-tank infantry weapon Aftermath 1949 Armistice Agreements Main article:1949 Armistice Agreements Boundaries defined in the1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine: Area assigned for a Jewish state Area assigned for an Arab state separatumwith the intention thatJerusalemwould be neither Jewish nor Arab Armistice Demarcation Lines of 1949 (Green Line): controlled territory from 1949 territory from 1948 until 1967 In 1949, Israel signed separatearmisticeswith Egypt on 24 February, Lebanon on 23 March, Transjordan on 3 April, and Syria on 20 July. The Armistice Demarcation Lines, as set by the agreements, saw the territory under Israeli control encompassing approximately three-quarters of the prior British administeredMandateas it stood afterTransjordan's independence in 1946. Israel controlled territories of about one-third more than was allocated to the Jewish State under the UN partition proposal.After the armistices, Israel had control over 78% of the territory comprising former Mandatory Palestineor some 8,000 square miles (21,000km2), including the Valleyin the north, wholeNegevin south,West Jerusalemand thecoastal plainin the center. The armistice lines were known afterwards as the "Green Line". TheGaza Stripand theWest Bank(includingEast Jerusalem) were occupied by Egypt and Transjordan respectively. TheUnited Nations Truce Supervision OrganizationandMixed Armistice Commissionswere set up to monitor ceasefires, supervise the armistice agreements, to prevent isolated incidents from escalating, and assist other UN peacekeeping operations in the region. Just before the signing of the Israel-Transjordan armistice agreement, general Yigal Allon proposed to conquer the West Bank up to the Jordan River as the natural, defensible border of the state. Ben-Gurion refused, although he was aware that the IDF was militarily strong enough to carry out the conquest. He feared the reaction of Western powers and wanted to maintain good relations with the United States and not to provoke the British. More, the results of the war were already satisfactory and Israeli leaders had to build a state. 5007