While contemplating the below important map, note the following :
The strongest Arab armies, Jordanian and Iraqi, didn't even attempt to encroach on the areas allotted to the "Jewish state" by the 1947 U.N. Partition plan.
Israel occupied western Galilee, Jaffa and its major surrounding villages, the Jerusalem corridor, and the triangle area (which were not assigned to the "Jewish state" by the 1947 UNGA proposed partition plan), click here for a map illustrating Israeli military operations outside U.N. assigned areas before May 14 1948.
The patriotic and stubborn Palestinian resistance in the little triangle south of Haifa, such as the villages of al-Tira, 'Ayn Houd, al-Sarafand, and 'Ayn Ghazal. Although Haifa was occupied in early May 1948, these heroes withstood over a two and half months siege until complete occupation in mid-July 1948.
Click here for a rebuttal to the argument that the seven Arab armies attempted to annihilate the poorly armed "Jewish state".
Righteous Victims by Benny Morris, p. 216.