In 1947, the UN offered a separate state to the Jews and to the Arabs. The Jews accepted but the Arabs rejected it and instead launched a full-scale war against the nascent Jewish State.
An Egyptian researcher addressed the fact that Arabs turned down a state when offered one by the UN in 1947.
He called this a historic mistake and admitted that it will be much more difficult for them to get a state now.
It is a true miracle that the brand new modern state of Israel and its fledgling army defeated the immense armies of all of its surrounding Arab neighbors.