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By Mordechai Bar-On

Twelve Israeli historians and writers revisit the exterior and inner conflicts that experience characterised Israeli historical past to supply context, research, and classes for the longer term.

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The British, who were at this stage fighting the Arab rebels, having an interest in that arrangement, closed at least one eye to those semilegal activities of the Jews. In the summer of 1938, in the wake of a further decrease in the size of the British garrison in Palestine, a sharp increase in acts of terror against British and Jewish personnel provoked a few retaliatory attacks perpetrated by a Jewish group which had recently splintered from the Haganah. In 1937, a right-wing political group led by Zeev Zabotinski formed an independent military organization they named "The National Military Organization" (better know by its Hebrew acronym IZL for "Irgun Zvai Leumi," or in short "The Irgun").

Many of 34 A Never-Ending Conflict the Haganah's commanders formally served as Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the JSP but were actually nominees of the Haganah. Weapons stored in the several JSP stations were used to train Haganah members. The British, who were at this stage fighting the Arab rebels, having an interest in that arrangement, closed at least one eye to those semilegal activities of the Jews. In the summer of 1938, in the wake of a further decrease in the size of the British garrison in Palestine, a sharp increase in acts of terror against British and Jewish personnel provoked a few retaliatory attacks perpetrated by a Jewish group which had recently splintered from the Haganah.

Sir Arthur Wauchope, the high commissioner, well understood that those events in the Middle East had great impact on developments inside Palestine and that the Arab population was ready to transcend from words to action. 3 Despite these warnings the storm that erupted on April 19, 1936, took the British by surprise. The three years of continuous military struggle that ensued witnessed many ups and downs, recurrent crisis, many casualties, and much loss of property. Only at the end of that period did the British army manage to quell the revolt.

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