Plan Dalet - Outcome


According to Benny Morris the Plan's execution lasted about eight weeks, beginning April 2. In these weeks the Yishuv's position changed dramatically. About 100 Arab villages were conquered and emptied of their inhabitants, and almost all Jewish settlements enjoyed territorial continuity, with the notable exception of Jerusalem. Many Arab leaders left the country and local leadership collapsed. On the Jewish side, the number of those killed during the execution of the plan was 1,253, of which 500 were civilians. On the Arab side, Jewish counter-attacks and offensives precipitated a mass exodus of 250,000–300,000 people. According to Benny Morris this "massive demographic upheaval ... propelled the Arab states closer to an invasion about which they were largely unenthusiastic".

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