is irrelevant to whether or not they had a right to be there. Palestine wasn't like the nation of Egypt or Turkey. It was a colony first of the Turks, then of the British. The Jews lawfully migrated to Palestine in accordance to Ottoman and British law. The native Arabs had no say in the matter. They were a subjugated people at the mercy of Turkey and later Britain. The way I see it, when the Brits pulled out, it was open season for both Jews and Arabs. If the Arabs and their neighbors could organize an Arab-run country in Palestine and subjugate the Jews to their rule and their laws, so be it. But, if the Jews could hold their own, carve out their own country in Palestine (which btw, was not anybody's country at the time), and defend themselves against their neighbors' attempts to subjugate them, then the Jews deserved to rule Palestine.