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    • Michael Jacobs
    • 30.11.07 | 11:15 (IST)

    In contrast with the Jews, the Arabs did not agree with partition in the first place. The Arabs therefore had different objectives, as evidenced by the results after the ceasefire agreement was signed: many Arabs remained in the Jewish State, whereas not a single living Jewish soul was found in the areas conquered by the Arabs. For that reason, we speak of 'No Jews allowed'. The Arabs ONLY speak of their 1948 naqba ('disaster'), whereas for the Jews it was a war of both liberation AND independence. With a single infamous exception (Dir Yassin), Jews committed no gruesome acts of 'ethnic cleansing'. The Arabs simply ran away in their tens of thousands from Haifa, Yaffa, Tiberias, Safed. Yes, in some strategic places, they were asked to leave (Ramlah, Lydda). The recent unilateral Israeli 'disengagement' from Gaza was total, because the Arab attitude has not changed. Killing and getting rid of all the Jews was then and is still today their ONLY intention.

    from the article: Why there was partition
    First published 00:00 29.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 29.11.07
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