That's my problem with Avineri's analysis. Obviously, Arab political leaders made mistakes in 1948 but it doesn't change the fact that ultimately the Nakba can be traced not to those mistakes but back to Zionism itself. What do Zionists think the Pals should have done in the face of Zionism? Should they just have meekly accepted that a lot of European Jews were coming to their land to take half of it away for a Jewish state which excluded Arabs from its core values? Would you have done that, if you had been an Arab? How about now, if Israel suddenly changed its immigration laws and rich Saudis started buying up land and moving Arabs in large numbers into the most fertile and desrirable parts of Israel and then wanted to split half of pre-1967 Israel off to form an Arab state and the UN agreed? Would you accept that, or would you fight?
IDF soldier wounded in air force base fire last month succumbs to wounds (Haaretz)
from the article: Mideast peace requires Palestinian self-criticism