Removing the Lod massacre comment
Although I see someone has already removed it, I'd like to clarify in case it is posted again. First, the commander of the operation was Dayan, not Allon. Secondly, the story of the massacre at the mosque is based on the speculations of one person, Guy Erlich. This should not be stated as fact. Even a Palestinian source questions this event: “Finally, according to Guy Erlich's article, some 20-50 Arabs were slaughtered after cleaning up the mosque. Note that this account and Palumbo's assertion that the bodies of the first group killed at the mosque lay decomposing for ten days in the July heat cannot both be true.” (  ). I am not questioning the forced expulsion of Arabs that caused many unnecessary civilian deaths, but this was under Dayan. Jimmy1988 (talk) 22:38, 28 April 2009 (UTC)
When did Allon act as PM?
According to Wikipedia, Allon became interim PM in 1968 "following the death of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol in 1969". I wasn't yet born but I have a strong suspicion that 1969 actually followed 1968. Was Eshkol effectively incapacitated but still officially in office when Allon took over, or is there another explanation? In any case, the article is awkward and requires clarification.
According to the Israeli PM's official site "On 26.2.69, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol passed away, and the Government ended its tenure. It served as a transitional Government for 41 days." This seems to imply Allon was interim PM from February 26 to March 17, 1969.S.Camus 20:22, 9 August 2006 (UTC)
Mandate Palestine? Not!
The article currently lists Allon's birth on 10 October 1918 as occurring in British Mandate of Palestine. Since the British mandate from the League of Nations was proposed at the San Remo conference in April, 1920, and was only ratified by the League in June, 1922, this is patently incorrect. The League itself was only founded after the Treaty of Versailles the following year!
At the time, the Ottoman Empire was still formally at war with the Allies, and Great Britain was legally just militarily occupying the territory for another three weeks, until 30 October 1918, when the Armistice of Mudros was signed.
Since the whole acrimonious debate about the legal status of this territory continues to this day, including on the pages of our beloved WP, I refrain for now from choosing a term with which to correct this misstatement. My inclination, however, is to simply note "Palestine" and wikilink to Palestine (disambiguation). Let the reader sort it out based on his / her own preference! -- Eliyahu S Talk 13:31, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
- Agreed. I just added "British occupied" to set the time in history. Jimmy1988 (talk) 14:30, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
1948 and all that
Since there is room for Oren Dagan's views would there be space to put Benny Morris' comment: "Commanding Operation Yoav...Yigal Allon, who in all his previous campaigns had left no Arab civilian communities in his wake:...[Yiftah,Dani]...He issued no formal, written orders at the start of or during (the operation) ...but it is quite possible that he indicated his wishes in pre-battle tete-a-tetes with his officers. And, perhaps, even without the OC saying anything, Allon's officers knew what he wanted." Page 219 "The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem" (1987 edition). "Left no Arab civilian communities in his wake" always seemed to me to be another way of saying "ethnic cleansing". Padres Hana (talk) 16:29, 11 April 2013 (UTC)