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January 20, 2013

The Israeli War of Independence – Hasbara, illogical propaganda and deception


Israel’s “War of Independence” with the Arab States, like all Hasbara, fails the test of logic.

The Jewish State was offered a defined territory under UNGA res 181.

From the adoption of UNGA res 181 in Nov 1947, a state of civil war existed in Palestine.

Friday, 5 March 1948, the UNGA res 181 offer was accepted “as binding” by the Jewish Agency in a statement to the UNSC

At midnight May 14th 1948 (ME time), the LoN Mandate for Palestine expired.

On May 15th the Provisional Israeli Government proclaimed that at 00:01 the 15th May 1948 (ME time), Israel had effectively become an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947″. The War of Independence ended the moment Israel became independent.

As of 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time), with Jewish/Israeli forces outside the frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947, the civil war became a war waged by the Independent State of Israel on what remained of Palestine. As such, the Arab Regional Powers had a right and duty, on notifying the UNSC (UN Charter Art 51), to attempt to expel foreign forces from Palestine.

The war was fought in territories “outside the State of Israel”. UNSC resolutions on the period call for “peace in Palestine”. None call for ‘peace in Israel’ and no UNSC resolutions condemn the Arab powers for invading Israel.

In 64 years, Israel has never withdrawn from or legally annexed any of the territory allotted for the Arab State.


  1. Palestine is the Greek-Latin name of the Land of Israel; it has nothing to do with Muslims or Arabs. There is no “P” in Arabic, so how could they call “their” land with a consonant that does not exist in their language?! Before 1948 the Jews in Palestine were called Palestinians too. The term “Palestinian” wasn’t intended to identify Arabs rather than others. The term “Palestinian” was related to citizenship (and not national-hood) of the British colonial occupation mandate of Palestine, aka the Land of Israel or the Holly Land. If you look at historical mandate documents you can see it very clearly that there Palestinian Jews, Palestinian Arabs, Palestinian Greeks, Palestinian Armenians etc.. Arabs adopted the name “Palestinians” after the Jews abandoned it for good when they have created their state of Israel and turn to be called Israelis. But even though, it took the Arabs almost 30 years to realize that that name if already free for their own use, and they adopted it in 1974. It took the Arabs another 10 years until others identified them as “Palestinians”.
    You better study history not from false historical Arab s or other left wing authors’ books.

    Comment by Abe Bird (@AbeBird) — January 28, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    • There is no “P” in Arabic

      Correct, there’s no ‘p’ in فلسطيني however, Palestine / Palestinian are ENGLISH words. (brainwashing seems to work on some people, though I sometimes wonder if there was ever a brain to wash)

      “Palestine is the Greek-Latin name… “

      Irrelevant as of the moment Israeli was declared ….”as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947, and that a provisional government has been charged to assume the rights and duties of government for preserving law and order within the boundaries of Israel, for defending the state against external aggression, and for discharging the obligations of Israel to the other nations of the world in accordance with international law. The Act of Independence will become effective at one minute after six o’clock on the evening of 14 May 1948, Washington time”

      Russia 17 May 1948
      Letter from Mr. Molotov stated: “Confirming receipt of your telegram of May 16, in which you inform the Government of the USSR of the proclamation, on the basis of the resolution of the United Nations Assembly of November 29,1947, of the creation in Palestine of the independent State of Israel and make re-quest for the recognition of the State of Israel and its provisional government by the USSR. I inform yon in this letter that the Govern-ment of the USSR has decided to recognize officially the Stale of Israel and its Provisional Government.”

      British 27 April 1950 “His Majesty’s Government have also decided to accord de jure recognition to the State of Israel, subject to explanations on two points corresponding to those described above in regard to the case of Jordan. These points are as follows. First, that His Majesty’s Government are unable to recognise the sovereignty of Israel over that part of Jerusalem which she occupies, though, pending a final determination of the status of the area, they recognise that Israel exercises de facto authority in it. Secondly, that His Majesty’s Government cannot regard the present boundaries between Israel, and Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Lebanon as constituting the definitive frontiers of Israel, as these boundaries were laid down in the Armistice Agreements concluded severally between Israel and each of these States, and are subject to any modifications which may be agreed upon under the terms of those Agreements, or of any final settlements which may replace them.” Thus far nothing has replaced them.

      Australia 28 January 1949 “… on the basis of the resolution of the United Nations Assembly of November 29, 1947…”

      Israel has never legally annexed any territory. Unilateral annexation is not legal. It must be under a treaty or agreement via a referendum and; “territories occupied” and never withdrawn from or legally annexed, are still ‘occupied’.

      “You better study history not from false historical Arab s or other left wing authors’ books.”

      Problem … There are no references here to any Arab or other left wing authors.

      Another problem. Nothing you have written is actually relevant to the legal status of Israel’s Internationally recognized sovereign extent or the UN Charter or International Law, all of which Israel obliged itself to uphold. However, according to hundreds of UNSC resolutions, Israel hasn’t lived up to its obligations to the Law and the UN Charter. Rather strange. Especially as the UN Charter, International Law, Geneva Conventions were in large part adopted because of what happened to Jewish folk under the Nazis.

      Comment by talknic — January 29, 2013 @ 5:56 am

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