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When did Israel become a nation?

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Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948, after it was recognized as a country in the Middle East by the United Nations. This caused Arab nations, such as Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria to attack Israel on the same day it gained independence.

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Before Israel's independence, the British army was based in Palestine fighting against the Haganah, which it perceived to be a terrorist organization. Haganah later became the Israeli army after the independence. The British army withdrew on the same day. The Israelis were less equipped yet managed to put a strong fight against the Arabs, seizing key areas, such as the Palestinian coast and Galilee.

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