Course of the War of Independence

Although the Israelis mobilized almost their entire military age population, the imbalance in numbers is very clear, even without considering additional support from Saudi Arabia and other countries allied with the Arab League; the imbalance in war material was even more unfavorable to the Israelis. But the Israelis had the fervor that came from knowing they only had one chance to succeed or die in the attempt. There was no alternative to victory.
The reborn State of Israel was aided by Jewish volunteers from around the world (called the Machal) who left their civilian lives and made their way along a clandestine route to help. Although small in number, about 3500, they were a tremendous asset in skills and morale for the tiny, struggling Israeli military. The Security Council issued several calls for a cease-fire, but the Arabs ignored them. Even after a strongly-worded Resolution of May 29, 1948 ordering a four-week cease-fire, they went on fighting, and it took lengthy negotiations by the UN Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte to bring the truce into force on June 11th. Towards the end of the four weeks, the Council appealed to the parties to prolong the truce. Israel responded, but the Arabs did not, and hostilities were resumed on July 9, 1948. On the southern front, the Egyptians resumed hostilities one day before the expiry of the truce. The War proceeded through the rest of 1948 with a series of truces, frequently broken, to the negotiated agreements that ended the war in 1949. Fighting ended with a cease-fire January 7, 1949 and the War of Independence was formally terminated on July 20, 1949 with the signing of the Israel-Syria armistice agreement. Throughout the latter phases of the war, Israel gained strength, fought successfully and not only ejected the invading Arab forces, but also captured and held some 5,000 sq. km. over and above the areas allocated to it by the United Nations in the original partition plan, with a considerable improvement in defensible borders. Jason Mraz Concert Ticket  Jersey Boys Durham Tickets Discount  Alice In Wonderland Broadway Tickets

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  1. “But the Israelis had the fervor that came from knowing they only had one chance to succeed or die in the attempt. There was no alternative to victory.” Long live Israel. Long live humanity.

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