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Army of ShadowsPalestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948$
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Hillel Cohen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252219

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252219.001.0001

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Treason and Defeat: The 1948 War

Treason and Defeat: The 1948 War

(p.230) Chapter 9 Treason and Defeat: The 1948 War
Army of Shadows

Hillel Cohen

Haim Watzman

University of California Press

The war of 1948 ended with the severe defeat of the Arabs of Palestine and the Arab countries that came to their aid. Palestinian Arab political institutions collapsed. The Palestinian Arab state envisioned by the partition plan was aborted. Instead, the greater part of Palestine became a Jewish state that encompassed a much larger territory than that decreed by the United Nations. Accusations of treason were made by, and directed at, almost everyone who took part in the political or military aspects of the war. But others maintained that war with the Jews would bring catastrophe to the Arabs. Avoidance of war and even agreement with the Jews were, in their view, best for the Arab nation. As far as they were concerned, those who tried to prevent fighting were the real patriots, while the mufti, who declared an open war against the Jews, was self-centered, detached from his people.

Keywords:   Palestinian Arabs, 1948 war, United Nations, treason, Jewish forces, war avoidance, open war, collaboration

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