Haganah

Haganah

[hah-gah-nah]
noun
the underground Jewish militia in Palestine (1920–48) that became the national army of Israel after the partition of Palestine in 1948.

Origin:
< Modern Hebrew hagana literally, defense, Hebrew həgannāh

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haganah

noun
the clandestine military wing of the Jewish leadership during the British rule over the mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948; became the basis for the Israeli defense force 
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