Since the 1970s, the Latin Based on new or newly interpreted Israeli, British and Arab documents, this book attempts to integrate present controversies concerning the development of the Jewish-Palestinian war from December 1947 to mid-May 1948 and the consecutive Israeli-Arab war. It follows the organization of both sides at the beginning of the war and the shaping of their respective war policies. Further, it describes the creation of the invading coalition and its disintegration in the wake of the Arab armies' military failure. The book stresses mainly the processes that led Palestinian society to its collapse and mass flight and the Israeli reactions and policies that turned this temporary escape into a long-lasting refugee problem. Emphasizing the different historical and cultural perspectives of the adversaries and the context of the war's development, it criticises the approach of the Israeli 'New Historians' who tend to isolate the refugee problem from the broader issues of the war and treat it separately. Includes a glossary of Arab/Israeli wartime operations.
Yoav Gelber is Professor of History at the University of Haifa and Head of the Herzl Institute for Research and Study of Zionism. He is the author of a number of books on Middle East affairs, including: Israeli-Jordanian Dialogue: Cooperation, Conspiracy, or Collusion? (Sussex Academic, 2004); and Jewish-Transjordanian Relations, 1921-1948 (Frank Cass, 1997).
Introduction; The Outbreak and Expansion of Hostilities; The Palestinians' Organisation for War; The Arab League's Intervention; Shaping the Yishuv's War Policy; The Beginnings of the Palestinian's Mass-Flight; From a Civil War to Regular Warfare; Palestinian Society's Collapse; The Arab Regular Armies' Invasion of Palestine; Fighting and Flight After the Invasion; The Ten-Day Campaign and the Second Truce; The Palestinian's Decay; Diplomacy and Intrigues; Operations in the Negev; The End of the War with Lebanon and Syria; Ending the War with Lebanon and Syria; Ending the War with Egypt and Transjordan; Welcoming the Refugees in the Arab States; From Flight to Refugeeism: Blocking the Return; Index.