Did Arabs leave willingly during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948?

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Short answer

Most Arabs left Israel voluntarily during Israel’s war of independence to avoid being caught in a war zone.

Long answer

Thousands of wealthy Arabs left in anticipation of a war, many more responded to Arab leaders’ calls to get out of the way of the advancing armies, a handful were expelled, but most simply fled to avoid being caught in the crossfire of a battle.

Explanation of why and when most Arabs left Israel during the War of Independence

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