I do agree in some points voiced by Old Empresario and vehemently disagree with others.
It's true that Jews often came to what is now recognized as Israel and bought terribly overpriced land from the Arabs living there. And in that time, it was desert, and only the Jews' care of the land made it into greenery and country which was able to feed people who lived there. That's when the Arabs started to protest, because hey, they sold them dry desert, not this green land - this must be a deceit from the Jews!
The sad fact is that once the Arabs started massacring the Jews, the Jews started to return "the favour". And that was even before the Israel was founded.
My father, who is former military officer, met with students of Syria and Egypt several times during his time at academy. When he asked what they think about the issue Israel/Palestine, the Egyptian todl him: "Sorry, my country signed peace, so I have no opinion." While the Syrian told him: "My country is ready to fight for Palestinians - to the last of the Palestinians."
Personally I think that this illustrates the view of surrounding countries - the surrounding countries mostly do not give a rat's a.. uhm, butt, about the Palestinians. But hey, why not to use them as a tool in the war against that small country? And it had been proved as soon as the Israel was founded - they wree preparing for it, because there is no way peaceful countries would be able to launch an attack in 24 hours after the Israel had been announced.
It's a fact that Israel started in not completely legitimate way (which is definitely partly United Nations fault). But at the same time, I do not think it gives everyone the right to demonize the Israelis and victimize the Palestinians. Wrongs are on both sides - so why don't the media show it as well?