30.4.48    TOP SECRET     IMMEDIATE

MY TELEGRAM 1119   WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE APPRECIATION

RECENT JEWISH MILITARY SUCCESSES (IF INDEED OPERATIONS BASED ON THE MORTARING OF TERRIFIED WOEMN AND CHILDREN CAN BE CLASSED AS SUCH) HAVE AROUSED EXTRAVAGANT REACTIONS IN THE JEWISH PRESS, AND AMONG THE JEWS THEMSELVES A SPIRIT OF ARROGANCE WHICH BLINDS THEM TO FUTURE DIFFICULTIES …

Apologies for the Uppercase, but that is how telegrams were formatted in 1948.  The full text of this ‘TOP SECRET’ telegram from the High Commissioner for Palestine to the British Secretary of State is available in The National Archives (a link is available from the ‘History’ page, and also HERE .

Solid evidence that, two weeks before the declaration of Israel as a state, Jewish military were involved in a programme of terror against the Arab population. This should at least stand as a balance to the usual narrative that the Jews were only defendiing themselves. It ought not to require too much thought to realize that, for the Hagana to be that well trained, organised, led and resourced by 1948 the preparations had been made many years before.

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