The following links three links contain excerpts from the Jewish Virtual Library. The Jewish Virtual Library is the most comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia in the world, covering everything from anti-Semitism to Zionism. There are more than 16,000 articles and 7,000 photographs and maps that have been integrated into the site. It was set up by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization established in 1993. One of the primary objectives of the AICE is to provide education materials on Jewish history and culture.
The following link, The Arab-Israeli War of 1948, contains information from the U.S. Department of State.