British trained forces from Transjordan eventually intervened in the conflict, but only in areas that had been designated as part of the Arab state under the United Nations Partition Plan and the corpus separatum of Jerusalem.
After tense early fighting, Israeli forces, now under joint command, were able to gain the offensive.
The goal of the Arabs was initially to block the Partition Resolution and to prevent the establishment of the Jewish state.
The Jews, on the other hand, hoped to gain control over the territory allotted to them under the Partition Plan.
This action was followed by the invasion of the former Palestinian mandate by Arab armies from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt.
In April, six Israelis, including two soldiers, were arrested for racist attacks against Arabs with knives.Though the United Nations brokered two cease-fires during the conflict, fighting continued into 1949.Israel and the Arab states did not reach any formal armistice agreements until February.Gopstein himself described the arrest as “nonsense” while speaking to journalists saying he did nothing wrong in wanting to prevent Jewish women from dating Arab men.Generally, marriage between Palestinians and Jews is frowned upon in Israel.In 2014 he was arrested after members of his group tried to burn down an Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem.Following his arrest yesterday Gopstein’s lawyer said his clients was being targeted due to “leftist extremists and Reform Jews” exerting pressure on the police.Police arrested the leader of the Lehave, Bentzi Gopstein, and 14 others yesterday from their homes in Israel and the occupied West Bank.In their statement confirming the arrests, the police said: “Fifteen suspects known to the police as active in the Lehava organisation were arrested or detained for questioning during the night as part of a police investigation on suspicion that they acted to locate and threaten (Arab) minority members with connections to Jewish young women or girls.” Five of the 15 suspects have been taken for remand hearings.The Arab-Israeli War of 1948 broke out when five Arab nations invaded territory in the former Palestinian mandate immediately following the announcement of the independence of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.In 1947, and again on May 14, 1948, the United States had offered de facto recognition of the Israeli Provisional Government, but during the war, the United States maintained an arms embargo against all belligerents.