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To: SJackson
It's always been my understanding, from reading the mildly anti-Israeli British sources of the time, that the Arabs living in the newly formed state of Israel left in May 1948 at the urging of the surrounding Arab countries, who had all vowed to drive the Jews into the sea and destroy the fledgling state. Their governments promised the departing Arabs that they could have their pick of the Jews' land and possessions after the purge was complete.

When the Arabs failed to destroy Israel, the Israelis refused to allow the former Arab residents to return, which shouldn't surprise anyone. Those Arab residents who hadn't left in the first place were allowed to remain in peace.

This article sounds like revisionist hooey to me.

4 posted on 05/15/2006 7:34:50 AM PDT by American Quilter
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To: American Quilter
It's always been my understanding, from reading the mildly anti-Israeli British sources of the time, that the Arabs living in the newly formed state of Israel left in May 1948 at the urging of the surrounding Arab countries, who had all vowed to drive the Jews into the sea and destroy the fledgling state. Their governments promised the departing Arabs that they could have their pick of the Jews' land and possessions after the purge was complete.

No way of knowing for sure, but likely a large majority. Along with those who simply wanted to avoid what would essentially be a free fire zone, with no quarter to civilians.

9 posted on 05/15/2006 7:53:53 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do!)
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To: American Quilter
TRUE The Arabs living in the newly formed state of Israel left in May 1948 at the urging of the surrounding Arab countries, who had all vowed to drive the Jews into the sea and destroy the fledgling state. Their governments promised the departing Arabs that they could have their pick of the Jews' land and possessions after the purge was complete.

TRUE When the Arabs failed to destroy Israel, the Israelis refused to allow the former Arab residents to return

TRUE Those Arab residents who hadn't left in the first place were allowed to remain in peace.

TRUE The more than 50 massacres carried out over the summer of 1948 by various armed Jewish forces; the demolition of villages to ensure the refugees could not return ..."We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinians) never do return... The old will die and the young will forget," said David Ben-Gurion in 1949.

Frequently in the history of our world, groups bet wrong. The 'Palestinians' bet wrong. Not only did they bet wrong, they thought and now think, the Israelis would let them play again. What the losers forget is that this was a game for keeps, victors generally dictate terms, and that after their nabka, in great part self-inflicted, they were going to be SOL.

The Arab goverments who encouraged the Palestinians to leave, condemned them to live in refugee camps for subsequent generations. This suffering simply did not have to be ... and given the resources available, does not have to be today. These unfortunate people could have been, and should have been resettled elsewhere in the Muslim world long ago. OTOH, those who remained in Israel probably live better than the vast majority of those elsewhere in the Arab world.

13 posted on 05/15/2006 8:25:59 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (How odd of God to put so much crude under the arses of those so rude.)
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To: American Quilter
This article sounds like revisionist hooey to me.

You got it.

22 posted on 05/15/2006 9:19:15 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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