There have been thousands of wars in history, somewhere the decsiion to go to war was justified, some where it was not. Avineri chooses to link Palestinians to the two currently most reviled regimes, the Nazis and the Japanese empire. I don't know whether he didi it deliberately or whether it's his subcosncious at work, but it's hugely indicative of bias. Why not take a different parallel, the Israeli decision to launch a war in 1967? That is much closer. Israel had reason to believe its very existence was at threat, so it went to war. In 1947 and 1948, the Paletsinians had good reason to believe their whole society and country was at threat from arned and organised, mainlt foreig, Zionists, determined to take half their country. So they went to war. That's not narrative, that's fact.
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from the article: The truth should be taught about the 1948 war