The civilian home front

In search of societal resilience

Authored by: Meir Elran , Carmit Padan

Routledge Handbook on Israeli Security

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138217300
eBook ISBN: 9781315165196
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315165196-25

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Abstract

Violent Arab opposition to the return of the Jews to Palestine long pre-dated the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. As early as the 1920s, conflict between the local Jewish and Arab communities in Palestine had become endemic and later escalated once regional Arab countries refused to accept the legitimacy of a sovereign Jewish state in the disputed land. By the time the British mandate came to a close, the conflict had escalated into a full-scale war which posed a severe challenge to the newly established state.

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