What for Israel was a fulfillment of biblical prophecy is interpreted by the Arab population as a disaster. During the War of Independence, around 700,000 local Arabs fled from the territory of the former British Mandate. Many claim that these Arabs were driven out of their homes by Israeli soldiers. But this version of events ignores several important historical facts. It is generally acknowledged that the governments of neighboring Arab states called on the Palestinians to vacate the area until they had managed to destroy the nascent Jewish state. Afterwards, they could all go back. The plan failed. Israel defeated four Arab armies. This was how most Palestinians came to lose their homes.
From the Palestinian viewpoint, it is their people alone who are suffering, and I don’t have any intention of arguing otherwise. However, it is very telling that the international media and the Palestinians themselves focus so much attention on the suffering of those living in the Gaza Strip, while almost completely ignoring the far more severe suffering of the Palestinians in Syria. Scarcely anyone has heard of the...
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