I see your point. However, to what extent was the deadline to declare sovereignty a mere formality? My knowledge of the region in 1948 tells me that the Arabs rejected the partition plan upon its public release. If my knowledge is correct, I don't see anyone would have waited for expiration in the face of a serious existential threat. Please correct me if I am mistaken. I'm not do not support the historical paramilitaries, I am just of the impression that their existence did not change the outcome of the 1948 proceedings significantly.
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