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Ben Gurion's declaration of State of Israel on May 1948 increases Arab hostility to Jews. Arab nations outraged. The King of Jordan announces, 'The only way left for us is war.'
On 15th of May 1948 Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria attacked the newly founded state of Israel. The Israelis had 60,000 well trained Haganah forces.
In October, the Israelis managed to take to take all of Galilee, a large Palestinian area. The United Nations attempted to stop the fighting by calling a cease fire in 1949.
The war got countries like Russia and America to accept the idea of the state of Israel within Palestine. The USA was already providing large sums of money to Israel to stop communism spreading.
The war revealed the strength of Israel army, which had gained more land the had been allocated in the Partition Plan. Israel also prepared for future conflict, be among service mandatory.
The war had killed 6,000 Jews and forced 800,000 Arabs to leave Israel. This caused refugee problems for neighbouring countries, where also the fedayeen were formed. In 1950, Israel declared the Law of Return which gave any Jew the right to return to Israel.
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