If it is purely military, why discuss it in terms of ethnicity. If militias are the issue, why empty villages of women and children? Under the Patriarchal Arab culture of the time they did not serve in militias. I think that reasonable people can, have, and are, exploring this issue and using the same facts to derive a different answer. This debate seems to be still ongoing. I look at Dershowitz “The Case for Israel” and Finkelstein’s “Beyond Chutzpah” and Pappe’s “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”. These are relatively recent books. All draw on historical fact, (within argument). Each yields from the same facts a different understanding of what happened. That is because their acceptation of the intentionality of the actors is different. I believe the difference shows an ideological divide very much imbedded in personal perception of the construct of Nation-state. The continued production of books demonstrates there is no conclusion yet. It is still evolving.
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