Arab-Israeli Air Wars 1947-1982 by Shlomo Aloni

By Shlomo Aloni

While the UN referred to as for the top of the British mandate and the partition of Palestine into self sustaining states, the RAF chanced on itself less than assault from each side. Tracing the advance of hostilities within the heart East, this booklet covers the interval from the institution of the 1st right Israeli Air strength in 1948 to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Israel's conflict of Independence opposed to its Arab neighbours, the inevitable 'round two', the Suez predicament of 1956, the Six Day struggle of 1967, the Yom Kippur wars of 1973 and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 are all specific during this interesting chronicle of struggle within the center East.

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On another instance, an infantry platoon entered the southern village of Karatiya, which had been used as a base for attacks on Jewish traffic in the area, and blew up a building after evacuating its residents. A similar operation, in the Galilee village of Khasas went terribly wrong, as sappers miscalculated the amount of explosives needed for demolishing a building, causing the collapse of a neighbouring house and killing eight people. The Arab-Israeli Conflct T h e Paiertine War 1948 indiscriminately attacked throughout the country, so too would Arabs.

T i ,? r . SF:: A<.. ' \ . , -.. ,... The fighting inter-communal strife t o inter-state war In mid-December 1947, a fortnight after the outbreak of inter-communal violence, a British intelligence report estimated that 'the Arabs are beginning to succeed in making the ordinary daily round of the Jews extremely difficult. Since the beginning of the month there have been numerous attacks on communications, causing considerable concern to the community and in some cases seriously affecting their economy.

Taking positions near the opening of a cave on the local road, the platoon fought to the last man. A British police officer was to tell later that he found the body of one of the fighters with a stone, his last weapon, in his hand. True or not, the death of the 35 would take its place in the Israeli The h ofthe itrategic vllage of Kaitel to Hagana forces on I 0 A p r 1948, after a week of ferocious fighting, consmuted an important breakthrough in the Jewish effort t o break the Arab siege around Jerusalem.

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