The 1948 War

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Israel and Palestine

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  • "The Only way left for us is war"
  • Jewish haganah, Irgun, Stern Gang
  • Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Seria
  • CEASE-FIRE
  • May 14th 1948; Ben Gurion's declaration of State of Israel inreases Arab hostility to Jews. Arab nations outraged. The King of Jordan announces, 'The only way left for us is war'.
  • May 15th 1948; Neighbouring countries Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Seria attack new state of Israel in which Israel were outnumbered 80 - 1. Despite this the Jewish Haganah, Irgun and Stern Gang helped them fight back resulting in acquiring new land.
  • June - July 1948: The UN tried to stop the fighting by making truces, however they did not succeed. In October, the Israelis took Galilee, therefore pushing the Egyptians and Palestinians out of Jewish controlled areas. The UN called for a cease-fire, signed in 1949.
  • The war only benefited Israel bringing the poeple closer together. In response to this countries accepted Israel as its new state. USA was providing financial aid in order to prevent Soviet communism due to the Cold War.
  • The Israeli army had won more land than had been given from the UN Partition Plan proving their strength. They now owned 78% of Palestine. However the war had ended in a ceasefire. Israel spent 20% of their budget on weapons adnd their army.
  • The Arab-Israeli war of 1948 ended with 6000 Jews killed and 800000 Arabs forced to leave Israel which caused giant refugee problems for neighbouring countries, meaning that the fedayeen had to get involved. Tensions increasingly built when Israeli ordered for 80% of Arab towns to be destructed for Jewish immigrants.
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