How on Earth can one bombing against the British government by a relatively small group (the Irgun), who WARNED the hotel IN ADVANCE of the bombimg, be considered the start of the conflict, when Israel ACCEPTED the British two-state solution, and all of Israel's neighbours REJECTED it, instead declaring war against Israel? Nobody asked them to declare war on Israel, so any refugees that resulted from their attack is their problem. There were more Jewish refugees from Arab states than there were Arab refugees from Palestine, but nobody talks about that fact. And all land that Israel conquered from Arab states was the result of defensive wars. Name me one war that Israel initiated for non-defensive purposes. I guess you are the one who needs the education.
from the article: Cabinet to meet over expansion of ground operations