Jim Muir
Jim Muir asked:

Are there any books that I could read that would 1) be a good follow-up to the events of the actual declaration of the state of Israel 2) a book that offers more information on the impact of the state on the long-time occupiers of the region and what the British thought would/should happen to them?

Steve Lawless Ilan Pape's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine is essential reading if you want to know about what really happened to the indigenous population of Palestine in 1948. It is harrowing reading but the massacres are listed and the sources. This is written by an Israeli historian that thought the truth matters regardless of state propaganda and he has had to pay the price for his efforts.
Norman Voisey Paul Johnson A History of The Jews
Dana I would try Martin Gilbert's, Israel: A History.
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