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When Israel won the Six Day War, did they consider expelling all Arabs from the annexed territories?

There is no evidence they seriously considered expelling all Palestinians. The impracticality, illegality and negative publicity was self-evident, even if fringe elements entertained the fantasy. ...
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How advanced was the satellite technology during the Yom Kippur War?

When we are comparing tech maturity here, it is important to remember that 1970s saw a change of technologies in satellite imaging - photographic satellites, which captured images on photographic film ...
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Why was the Israeli army strong enough to win the 1948 war?

Overview This has been much discussed over the decades since the war and there are various views on this. Even if historical bias could be left aside, we are still left with the problem of measuring ...
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When was the last direct conflict within Israel's boundaries?

"It is the first direct conflict within Israel's boundaries since the 1948 Arab–Israeli War." The statement is certainly technically incorrect. But with some qualifications one can discern ...
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Was Yahweh one of the Moloch Gods?

Q: Was Yahweh one of the Moloch Gods? In short: NO! It would be too generous an interpretation to assume the author means 'moloch' to stand in pars pro toto for 'Canaanite gods'. Vivekananda uses ...
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Why didn't Israel officially declare war in several of its prior wars?

Given the wording of the law, it seems like both of those previous operations could be viewed by their government as "military actions necessary for the defense of the state and public security&...
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Did the Jews move from Palestine to Germany?

The Jews were largely exiled from 'Judea' which Romans then renamed 'Palestina' in 132CE by the Romans, after a rebellion against Roman rule. They dispersed into the Roman Empire, and gradually spread ...
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When Israel won the Six Day War, did they consider expelling all Arabs from the annexed territories?

I'm not aware of any evidence that Israel considered mass expulsions from occupied territories in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War. As I understand it, the civilian populations would have been ...
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Were there any long-term political effects on Argentina after Eichmann's kidnapping?

In short, the answer is "no" to long term political effects. The article you refer to starts with a very good summation (and is my source throughout): The contrast between the very speedy ...
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Was the option of setting up a Jewish state in defeated Nazi Germany ever considered?

It seems that at least some Western leaders have thought about it, but no such proposal came to the fore because Zionist and Jewish leaders were not interested at all. According to Jonathan Frankel: ...
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Why didn't China vote in UNSC Resolution 344?

China did not participate in the voting as it has a long-standing policy of not participating in votes on resolutions of which it does not approve. The reasons for not participating or abstaining: ...
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How did Azerbaijan come to be allied with Turkey and Israel?

Turkey and Azerbaijan are historically the same nation. The slogan is "one nation two states". So Sunni/Shia difference is not very important. Both countries also have important economic ...
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What is the historical basis for the Exodus?

As a complement to other answers, and especially to nbubis' answer. Based to a large extent on the work of the Israeli archeologist Israel Finkelstein (a youtube video with him talking on this topic ...
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Why were Soviet attitudes towards Israel inconsistent in the late 40's and 50's?

The policies of Soviet Union were never determined by "hate" or other emotions. They were always pragmatic. (For example, they "hated" Nazism when they found it useful, and then suddenly made a U-...
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Was the option of setting up a Jewish state in defeated Nazi Germany ever considered?

As Evergalo says, Jewish leaders were not at all interested in this idea. Even if they had been (which makes no sense), such a hypothetical state would have been treated as an enemy by the Germans. ...
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What specifically did Einstein have in mind when he called the Israeli Freedom Party fascistic?

Copies of the letter to the New York Times, dated 2 December 1948 are easy enough to find online. It is worth noting that Einstein was not the only signatory to the letter, although his is naturally ...
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Were Moses & Abraham historical figures?

When considering historicity, Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac have traditionally been considered together as the "patriarchs". There used to be some historians who seriously argued that they lived during a ...
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How did Azerbaijan come to be allied with Turkey and Israel?

Your reading of how alliances work is a bit too on the nose. Religious and political links are a major factor. But they definitely aren't the only one. The word 'technically' is misapplied here. ...
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Was Yahweh one of the Moloch Gods?

[I]s Moloch a single God or a group of Gods? As far as I know (and I admit this is not my field of study), there are very few (if any) sources of Moloch outside the eight mentions of the name in the ...
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Was there ever any co-existence (=2 states) solution to peace with Israel that the Arab Palestinian side proposed or said would accept?

In 2002, the leader of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat said he would accept the Taba agreement in the terms put forward by President Bill Clinton 18 months earlier. Back in January 2001, the ...
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What is the historical basis for the Exodus?

UCSD held a fascinating conference on the topic of the Exodus a couple of years back, which I highly recommend viewing - It contains a variety of views on the subject, along with both archeological ...
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Were women in 1st century Israel not trusted as witnesses in court?

In Jewish Law, women are not valid witnesses, as it states in the Mishnah (Shevuot 4:1): שְׁבוּעַת הָעֵדוּת נוֹהֶגֶת בַּאֲנָשִׁים וְלֹא בְנָשִׁים The oath of testimony is conducted with men and not ...
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Was the option of setting up a Jewish state in defeated Nazi Germany ever considered?

I'll take a slightly different tack on the second part of your question… Did [the idea of setting up a Jewish state in defeated Nazi Germany] gain any traction? Why / Why not? One of the reasons ...
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What did Joe Slovo mean by 'collusion' in The War Against Aparthied?

Firstly, the text you cite isn't by Alan Weider, but is actually from the foreword to the book, and was written by Nadine Gordimer, who wasn't an historian but is best known as a " South African ...
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Is there evidence of a pagan temple on the site of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem that predated the Jewish Temple?

No real evidence, but the area was populated by Pagans prior to 957 BC when David's son Solomon built the first temple. According to the Smithsonian Magazine in What Is Beneath the Temple Mount?; ...
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Did the Jews move from Palestine to Germany?

It is not clear exactly when Jews first started settling in Germany, but there is evidence of Jewish settlement in the Rhineland communities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz already by the 10th century. ...
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What attributes did Yahweh have before becoming a monotheistic deity?

Early Israelite religion was not monotheistic, and it remained in that classification for at least several hundred years. YHWH was developed very slowly in a syncretistic process were he was ascribed ...
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Were Israel-Iran relations better in the 80s? What changed?

According to Ronen Bergman, in his book The Secret War With Iran, there were four factors motivating Israel's Operation Seashell, in which hundreds of tons of Israeli weapons were airlifted or shipped ...
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