A resolution by the newly-formed United Nations partitions the former British-ruled
Palestine into territories, dividing the area between Arab and Jewish settlements
and creating the Jewish state of Israel. Conflict ensues almost immediately, as
Arab nations, including Syria, invade the new state to stop the partitioning process.
At conflict's end, the new Israel occupies 80 percent of the former Palestine,
and the remaining Arab portions are incorporated into surrounding countries.