You keep confusing the official policy, which was explicitly military (it called for "operations against enemy settlements which are in the rear of, within or near our defense lines, with the aim of preventing their use as bases for an active armed force") with discussions that did not became official policy. (quoted in La Guardia, War Without End, St. Martin's, 2003, p. 186). If the Haganah was going to clear a village of militias at least in part as a preparation "before the expected onslaught of regular Arab armies," I don't think they were going to leave women and children in them in the path of the line of defense. (ibid., p. 186). On March 24, 1948, the Haganah instructed all its units to recognize "the full rights, needs and freedom of the Arabs in the Jewish state without discrimination." (Morris, in Guardian, Jan 14, 2004). As in every war, that was not always adhered to, but Morris's point is that they would not ISSUE such a directive if ethnic cleansing were the goal.
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