Hussein el-Khalidi“The Arab leaders are anxious not to aggravate the British in any way but the question is whether so many men, possibly ten thousand of them at present in country, with their bitter hatred of the Jews and their excitable character, whose sole raison d’être is the killing of Jews, can hold themselves in check until the British forces have quitted.” 

Source: The British Fortnightly Intelligence Newsletter No. 62, HQ. Palestine: The Nation Weekly Jan 8, 1948