This letter, describing the evening of the UN vote for partition, was written by my father the following day in Jerusalem. Mordecai Chertoff made aliyah from New York in 1947 and promptly joined the staff of The Palestine Post, later renamed The Jerusalem Post. He was also secretly inducted into the Hagana.
His press credentials, which gave him carte blanche to travel all over Jerusalem, across British roadblocks and security zones, was invaluable to the army. Being both a soldier and a journalist enabled him to be extraordinarily well informed.
From an article in the Jerusalem Post
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