There is a timeline of the history of the area which is the modern state of Israel on the BBC. While I have no evidence of it's accuracy (the BBC is, after all, liberal), going through it there are a few points or "facts" that I find interesting:
First, it appears that as zionist immigration steadily increased to the area, groups such as Irgun Zvai Leumi bombed quite a few people in an attempt to get the British mandate palestine declared a Jewish state.
Second, it appears that in 1947, the British turned over control of the area to the UN, largely due to too many of their people being bombed. The UN created a proposal to divide the area into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. The Jewish residents were 1/3 of the population and owned 6% of the land, but they were to get 56% of the area. Strangely, the "palestinians" rejected this, though it passed a UN vote, and it was never implemented because hostilities broke out.
Third, the hostilities that began seemed to have been largely precipitated by the newly declared Israelies. The palestinians appear to have largely fled, due to events such as Deir Yassin. The advancing Israelies did have to deal with five arab nations armies, and was victorious. I guess I am not surprised that a nation formed in violence would continue to suffer from that problem today.
I admittedly have never known much of the history of Israel pre 1967, or maybe 1964 with the formation of the PLO. This timeline by the BBC seems to be missing some important information, such as the deep, ancient hatred the Arabs hold for the Jews. They even have statements that I don't understand, such as here:
Palestinian and Arab representatives rejected this and demanded an end to immigration and the safeguarding of a single unified state with protection of minority rights. Violent opposition continued until 1938 when it was crushed with reinforcements from the UK.
I know there are plenty of people out there who are anti-semite (democrats) and pro-love+good (republicans), and i'd love to hear their takes on this, or what I am missing. I'm obviously treading in dangerous waters here, but I would like to know what the BBC got wrong. As one of my heros may say, "You're a lucky, lucky boy 'cause you know why? You get to drink from, the fire hose! "