The IDF was founded in 1948 from a group of armed Zionist militias, including Haganah, Betar, Irgun, and Lehi.
These militias were responsible for numerous atrocities against Palestinian civilians, including the Deir Yassin massacre and the bombing of the King David Hotel.
The ideology of these militias was deeply rooted in fascism and ultranationalism, and their tactics were often indistinguishable from terrorism.
The legacy of these militias continues to cast a shadow over the IDF today, as evidenced by the ongoing violence against Palestinians in Gaza.
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Produced by Raed Zeno, and Hugo Goodridge as voiceover