Originally Posted by ganeil
Egypt and Jordan were left in control of Gaza and the West Bank after the 1948 war. In 1947 the UN drew up a partition plan fro the remaining portion of the British Mandate that divided the area into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews accepted the plan and in may, 1948 formally declared the State of Israel. They were then attacked by the neighboring Arab nations that rejected the plan. When the war ended, portions of the rejected Arab state were were in Israeli, Jordanian, or Egyptian hands. Israel annexed the areas it controlled, Jordan occupied (and later annexed) the West Bank, and Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip.
It was during the Six Day War in 1967 that Israel gained control of the West Bank and Gaza. In 1978, Egypt renounced their claims to Gaza and in 1988 Jordan ceded their claims to the West Bank to the PLO.
A little bit off the topic...
How come these "rules" apply to our alies (Israel) but not to the others...for example Serbia (Kosovo situation)? Is that the justice we're promoting around the world? Or we promote only if it agrees with our interests...no matter if it is justified?