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Shelling of the Altalena (1948)

When: June 20, 2019
Summary: The Altalena case was a violent confrontation that took place in June 1948 by the newly created Israel Defense Forces (leadered by David Ben-Gurion) against the Irgun (leadered by Menachem Begin) a Jewish paramilitary group.

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The Altalena case was a violent confrontation that took place in June 1948 by the newly created Israel Defense Forces (leadered by David Ben-Gurion) against the Irgun (leadered by Menachem Begin) a Jewish paramilitary group. The confrontation involved a cargo ship, Altalena, which had been loaded with weapons and fighters by the independent Irgun. With the fear in the air of starting a Civil War, the conflict was won by the Israel Defense Forces what generated the Irgun's absorption into the IDF.