"I`m curious, why do you refer to the War for Independence as a "civil war"? Israel, a sovereign nation, was attacked not from within but from without, by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq." - JB JB, your politeness suggests that you are not a native Israeli. Once you spend a little more time in the country, you will have an opportunity to learn much more about our War of Independence. The "civil war" is considered to have started on 1 December 1947, right after the 29 November UN resolution on Partition. This was an internal war, by the Arab population against the Jews. For example, Gush Etzion fell and Haifa was captured by the Jews BEFORE the establishment of the State. As long as the Mandate lasted, the Arab armies did not come in to support their Arab bretherns. The Arab invasion began on 15 May 1948. The dispute was a civil war, where one side (Arabs) were supported by external forces. The issue with the external neighbors was settled with the armistice agreements, but not the problem with the locals.
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