On May 14th, 1948, the Jews in Palestine declared their independence and founded their new state called Israel in Western Palestine. They said that they would found their new state to be fair and equal for all people and that they would establish principles of liberty and justice. This declaration did not smooth over well with Palestinian Arabs as they attacked the former Palestinian land the next day on May 15th. This started a year-long war. This war ends up backfiring on the Palestinian Arabs because the British intervened. Eventually, Israel, with the help of Britain, Jordan, and Egypt defeated the Palestinians and captured some of their land. The Palestinians lands had been taken and the majority of it went to Egypt and Jordan. During the war, about 700,000 Palestinian refugees fled to Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria but were denied access to the populations and instead were stuck in refugee camps.