The Friendly Belligerents
This chapter examines the changes in King Abdullah's strategy after the resumption of the Arab-Israeli War. The weakness of the Arab Legion and the prospect of its annihilation in renewed fighting in Palestine provided King Abdullah a powerful incentive to negotiate with the Israelis. However, the Israelis were in no particular hurry to enter negotiations and under no pressure to make any concessions. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion was emboldened by the capture of Galilee and the banishing of the Lebanese Army and Fawzi al-Qawuqji's irregulars to start making plans for rolling back the Hashemite armies across the Jordan.
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