Did the Jews force out the Palestinians before the war in 1948?

Nov 2011
8,861
The Dustbin, formerly, Garden of England
#21
Thanks!

BTW, do you think that any parts of the West Bank were easy prey for Israel in 1948-1949? Any parts at all?
Certainly parts of it were, but that would have meant the IDF going on the defensive elsewhere, such as the Negev. While we have been persuaded that the IDF have always been some kind of super-all conquering military force over the past seventy years, in 1948 they were a largely semi-trained militia with a small vanguard of professional veterans and an even smaller cadre of troops who had experience of conventional warfare as opposed to guerrilla and terrorist actions. Ben-Gurion's strategy was "bite and hold", after almost every successful territorial gain, a local truce was arranged which the Israelis used to consolidate their positions, regroup and re-supply why the Arabs used the respite to wail and squabble. The IDF was able to pick off various Arab positions because the Arabs could not co-ordinate with each other and the Arab civilians had somewhere to withdraw to. A full on invasion of Judea and Samaria would mean carving through 600,000 odd Palestinian civilians with one little bridge across the River Jordan--besides, Abdullah had promised Ben Gurion (actually Golda Meir) that he would prevent the establishment of any Palestinian Arab state and respect the areas allocated to Jewish settlement in the 1947 partition plan in return for his unopposed occupation of the West bank.
 

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Ad Honoris
May 2014
17,694
SoCal
#22
Certainly parts of it were, but that would have meant the IDF going on the defensive elsewhere, such as the Negev. While we have been persuaded that the IDF have always been some kind of super-all conquering military force over the past seventy years, in 1948 they were a largely semi-trained militia with a small vanguard of professional veterans and an even smaller cadre of troops who had experience of conventional warfare as opposed to guerrilla and terrorist actions. Ben-Gurion's strategy was "bite and hold", after almost every successful territorial gain, a local truce was arranged which the Israelis used to consolidate their positions, regroup and re-supply why the Arabs used the respite to wail and squabble. The IDF was able to pick off various Arab positions because the Arabs could not co-ordinate with each other and the Arab civilians had somewhere to withdraw to. A full on invasion of Judea and Samaria would mean carving through 600,000 odd Palestinian civilians with one little bridge across the River Jordan--besides, Abdullah had promised Ben Gurion (actually Golda Meir) that he would prevent the establishment of any Palestinian Arab state and respect the areas allocated to Jewish settlement in the 1947 partition plan in return for his unopposed occupation of the West bank.
Couldn't Israel have went for the West Bank after its armistice with Egypt, though?
 

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