Just wonder where you draw your knowledge beside "Encyclopedia" ( is-it "judaïca" or internet-based "what-to-answer-to-what-they-say" sources...). Just read the books written by people you don't sympathise with, like the so-called "new-historians", and try to spot their weaknesses and prove they are mistaken or lie, if you can. Of course, you may also read Menachem Begin "the Revolt" (1951) and trust him when he witnesses 3 (three) palestinians victims in the glorious deir Yasin battle. War didn't start in 1948 but in 1947 without any foreign arab army around. By May 1948, Jaffa has ceased to exist as an arab city and the jewish militia was firmly in control of the jewish portion of the 1947 UN map, and also of considerable sections of the arab portion. Why do you think Ben Gourion DID NOT WANT TO LIMIT THE NEW STATE with BORDERS , if not to GRAB MORE LAND than given by the UN ??? For the arab armies, in 1948: 1/ check the losses of the jewish forces fighting Lebanon army(?)..and Syria. 2/ check the losses of the same fighting jordanian and iraqi forces OUTSIDE of the Jewish UN alloted land ( the British politically and militarily in control of the Arab Legion forbade it to leave the Arab UN alloted territory): most losses in the jewish camp occured when they fought for the conquest of Jerusalem (supposed to be internationalized). 3/ against the Egyptian, the jewish forces had a hard time but were saved by the truce during which they (illegally) received myriads of military aid and then on to VICTORY ! Call 1948 "defensive" if you wish, but this adjective should apply more to the palestinian side who already has lost the war before it had even officialy started.. Call 1957 "defensive " if you want to call donkeys stallions Call 1967 "defensive" if you think Pearl Harbor was just a preemptive move made by the japanese military That leaves us with 1973 which is of course a war of aggression led by famous blood-thirsty Peace-hater Anouar Sadat ... Not to mention the nasty Intifadas wars-of-aggression.
from the article: Does Israel want peace?