“When Israel declared independence from British colonial rule in May 1948, it immediately went to war with the neighboring Arab states.”
Whoa, Nellie. It was the other way around. The Arabs made it plain that as soon as the Brits left, they would annihilate the Jews.
They told all the Arabs living there to get out — come back and loot after all the Jews were killed. Any Arab found there after the war started would be considered a Jewish sympathizer and be killed. Most obeyed are are today still whining about their lost “homeland” — and naive people believe them — as well as the liberals with their agenda.