A Clash of Destinies: The Arab-Jewish War and the Founding of the State of Israel

A Clash of Destinies: The Arab-Jewish War and the Founding of the State of Israel

A Clash of Destinies: The Arab-Jewish War and the Founding of the State of Israel

A Clash of Destinies: The Arab-Jewish War and the Founding of the State of Israel

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We have been writing this book for something like five years and we had to overcome many initial difficulties before we managed to get down to the real story. One of these difficulties has stayed with us to the end. For we were confronted with the one problem which faces every attempt to write about contemporary affairs. Many of our essential sources were serving generals, ministers in office, civil servants and diplomats--Arab, British, Israeli and others--and some of them are still in office or in command. But fortunately most of those whom we approached--well over a hundred--were fully prepared to help with information and, in important cases, also with documents--provided we did not quote them. We were thus faced with the dilemma of either getting the information without the name-tags attached or going without it.

We had no doubt about the course we should take, but we were also conscious of the resulting responsibility to the reader. We have therefore been almost pedantically careful not to make any statement or quote any opinion without having the necessary supporting evidence in our possession.

We would now like to thank all those who have helped us and we prefer, in justice to all of them, to name none of them. We feel, however, that we must make two exceptions: David Ben-Gurion, whose help and encouragement provided us with the necessary access to the Israeli documentation, and to Gabriel Cohen, whose unique detailed knowledge of the course of the war saved us from many an error of fact or of opinion. But the responsibility for both fact and opinion is ours alone. We would have liked to thank our Arab friends for their help, but under existing conditions discretion is the highest form of gratitude. And the same goes for the British who have helped us unstintingly. And once again Barbara Bundock, now Brosselin, has given us her efficient help with the manuscript.

J.K. D.K.

April 1960.

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