The Arab Definition of ‘Peace’ in 1948: Israel’s Destruction
This comes from a July 8, 1948, memo from the Arab League to UN mediator Count Bernadotte rejecting the extension of the truce during Israel’s War of Independence. (I found this in a 1962 book of Arab League documents.)
The Arab States, however, were again disappointed when they received the proposals of the Count which he had based on partition, on the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, and on recognition of what has been called the “accomplished” fact brought about by the Zionist gangs. We do not think that the Mediator is unaware that the present struggle is directed against the idea of partition and against the establishment of a Jewish state. Yet he soon took this as a basis for his proposals, (thus) disregarding the rights of the Arabs.
The Zionists are going ahead with the establishment of their so-called “state”.There is nothing in this to encourage the prolongation of the cease-fire and the finding of a peaceful solution. The Mediator himself is fully convinced, as he has said on one occasion, that there is no hope of convincing the Jews to give up their state.
This means that the cease-fire will not enable us to find a peaceful solution.