Israel's policy towards its Arab minority, 1947-1950

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In the absence of preconceived strategies - despite several pre-state attempts to prepare blueprints for tackling the Arab problem - Israel's early Arab policy was shaped in a process of trial and error, fluctuating between ideological aspirations and good intentions (or wishful thinking) and the needs on the ground: the 1948 war and its consequences, the wide-open borders and regular infiltration, and the fear of a second comprehensive war with the Arab states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-81
Number of pages31
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • David Ben-Gurion
  • Israel
  • Israeli Arabs
  • Military government
  • Political parties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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