media and society

Media Strategies of Intelligence Services in Israel – State Security vs. the Right to Know

Freedom of press is a valuable commodity in western societies. People want to know what is going on around them and want to have free access to information. Yet, when it comes to intelligence related issues, national and international intelligence agencies claim that a censorship of information is vital for the sake of state security.

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history and politics

The Israeli War of Independence 1948/49

There are different narratives about the events during the years 1947-49, but according to the Israeli narrative, the 1948/49 Arab-Israeli War (in Israel called War of Independence) was not initiated or sought by Israel. As the British were about to withdraw from Palestine, the Jewish population of Palestine declared an independent Jewish state on May 14th 1948, one day before the British mandate ended. Israel had agreed upon the suggestion of the UN in 1947 to partition Palestine and give equal parts to the Jews and to the Arabs. Yet, the Arab leaders had rejected the plan to divide the land and responded with heavy violence and the declaration of a holy war against the Jews.

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