The 1948 war

The 1948 war

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  • Israel is now a state
  • Ben Gurion's declaration of State of Israel on May 1948 increases Arab hostility to Jews. Arab nations outraged. The king of Jorden announces, 'The only way left for us is war'.
  • Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria attacked Israel on the 15th May 1948. Israel was outnumbered 80 to 1 with no heavy artillery causing the Jews to capture Arab equipment .
  • The fighting continued even after the UN tried to tone it down in June and July. In October, the Israelis won Galilee, pushing the Egyptians and Palestine Arabs away from Israel.
  • The success of the war showed that Israel is very united and powerful, countries around the world e.g. Russia and America support Israel being a state within Palestine. Giving Israel a lot of money and want Israel to be with America before the Cold War begins.
  • Israel gained more land than they originally had after the UN Partition Plan. Israel wanted to be prepared for future conflicts so Israeli civilians were forced to train for the Army.
  • Refugee problems increased drastically in the countries surrounding Israel, 800,000 Arabs had to leave Israel. The Israeli government demolished 80% of Arab villages to give space for new Jewish immigrants causing friction between the two states.
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