Some other quick Israel facts:

Independence wasn't only time Israel was atacked by all it's neighbors. Check up 6 Day Way and Yom Kippur War.

Also, the arabs did have a chance to create a palestinian nation when israel was created. They declined, thinking they could destroy Israel and have the whole area.
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