Land and populations change all the time. The history of the region shows it was ruled by various tribes, then Canaanites (who became the Jews), Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Hazmoneans, Byzantines, Malalukes, Ottomans, and then the British.
The United Nations approved a plan to partition Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state in 1947, but the Arabs rejected it. In May 1948, Israel was officially declared an independent state.
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