I'm looking for good obejective sources on the history of the middle east. Books and links and any other media that you can recommend would be particularly helpful. I am particularly interested in the events that lead up to 1948 when Israel was given it's homeland back. Some things I have been curious about lately: 1)Who owned this land at that time, was it barren and unoccupied? 2) Why was Israel immediately attacked by 5 arab nations? 3) What should be taken into consideration regarding the positions and reactions of other nations at that time when Israel was first recognized as a sovereign independant nation?