dunno where you get 8 % from ???
if it was 8 % of the land, it most certainly wasn't 8% of the population..more like 1/3...and altho the UN plan gave about 50% of the land to the Jewish state, deliberately most of it was desert, it wasn't the 'best' land.
."" The Israeli Jewish population increased from 650,000 in 1948 to 1.6 million in 1952 (Naff and Matson 1984, 34).
Total non-Jewish population estimated as of 31 December 1947 1,388 ""
also this is enlightening, the 1948 war was a war of annihalation against the Jews. ->
On the day that Israel declared its independence, the Arab League Secretary, General Azzam Pasha declared "jihad", a holy war. He said, "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades".(1) The Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al Husseini stated, "I declare a holy war, my Moslem brothers! Murder the Jews! Murder them all!" (2) The armies of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq invaded the tiny new country with the declared intent of destroying it.(3)
talk about religious intolerance !!!!!
however, that being said, the Arabs felt with considerable justification, that the Jews should be pushed out of Palestine. and few people have as much right to feel aggrieved than the Palestinians...
like you said, blaming the jews of 1948 is like blaming the Germans of 1945, its history now, we must move on.. Israel is now a de facto state it isn't gonna be destroyed now, the Israelis and Palestinians must and will eventually make peace.....