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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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Even so, he decided to bide for time. 33 In the meantime, in reaction to rumors that the Mufti was planning an escape, General Archibald Wavell, who replaced General Dill as the senior military commander, and who, like his predecessor, considered the Mufti the prime source of the troubles, sought the Mufti's arrest. However, the "Red Fox," as the Mufti was nicknamed by the British, frustrated operation "Tallyho" by descending the walls of the Holy Mount, camouflaged in bedouin attire. He was whisked away by his loyal supporters to Jaffa harbor, whence he travelled by boat to Lebanon.

Financial resources were to be raised to support the Palestinians. 30 A Never-Ending Conflict 4. Jewish and British merchandise was to be boycotted. 5. Pro-Palestinian propaganda was to be disseminated. Some of the proceedings dealing with military affairs were held behind closed doors. No official decision to resume the revolt was taken, but on September 10, the Mufti and his personal guards enclosed themselves in the Haram e Sharif, the holy Moslem shrines on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This move signalled the end of the truce.

The central command was weak and did little more than provide the local units with some centrally procured armaments and sporadic specialized training. During the revolt, the first military planning on a national scale was drafted. Regular national courses for commanders on different levels became routine. The central command began to assert its authority. For the first time the national defense plan allowed for the possibility that the Jews themselves would have to face, head on, the Palestinian forces committed in their fight against the Zionist project.

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