On June 11, 1948, a United Nations truce is declared. Jews and Arabs lay down their arms for four weeks.
When fighting resumes, the Jews open several offensives against the Arabs, improving their position.
The UN demands a second truce, this one favoring the Arabs. When the truce ends, the Israelis attack to consolidate their gains.
But victory comes at a steep cost. Fully one percent of Israel’s population is lost in the fighting.
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