Sullivan, you fail to mention that the Arabs expelled the Jews from every Jewish town or village they conquered during '48. In addtion to the Jewish Quarter of the old city, the Arabs expelled all of the Jews from Yad Mordechai and Gush Etzion, even going so far as massacring the defenders of Gush Etzion after they had surrendered. This is what awaited a small state of Jews busy absorbing holocaust survivors in ?48. Fortunately, the Arabs had only very limited ?success? in conquering Jewish communities otherwise the slaughter would probably have been much greater. On the Arab civilian side the picture is less clear. In some cases Arabs were pushed out while in others Jews encouraged them to stay (Haifa). In many cases the invading Arab armies encouraged Arabs to leave temporarily so that they wouldn't be in the way when they slaughtered the Jews. Mostly I think Arabs fled because they wrongly assumed that the Jews would do to them what they would have done to us had they won.
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