This Is the Biggest Myth About Israel and the Nakba

It is one of the most enduring myths surrounding the 1948 war: The epic battle between a fearsome Arab Goliath and a newborn Israel to liberate Palestine. And it’s a fable that continues to inflict harm today

Seraj Assi
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As Palestinians mark the 74th anniversary of the Nakba, and Israelis 74 years of statehood, we should take a moment to debunk one of the most enduring myths surrounding the 1948 war: The legend of great Arab armies, unified in spirit, invading Israel to liberate Palestine. 

In a time-honored fable perpetuated by both Arabs and Israelis alike, the war is depicted as an epic battle between a Jewish David and an Arab Goliath. This is the sheer mythologizing of history.

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