In what ways did relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours change in the years 1948–77?
The Arab Israeli relations generally fell during this period, although this does not mean there were not improvements in relations, as the end of the period generally marked a turning point. However, at the start of the period, relationships were poor. At the start of the period, in 1948 the Israelis were able to utilise their superior army to push back the Arab nations so that they now owned over 80% of former Palestine. The Arab states were bitter in defeat, vowing to destroy Israel in future and refusing to accept the state of Israel. Hence one can argue the First Arab Israeli war was significant as it served to provoke the Arabs into doing everything they could to harm/destroy Israel.