Political map of the Eastern Mediterranean 11 May 1949 (UN Recognition of Israel): In 1949 Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria signed separate armistices with the State of Israel, delineating but not recognizing Israeli control over 78% of Mandatory Palestine (1949 Armistice Agreements). Acknowledging the situation, the United Nations admitted Israel as a member in May, despite Muslim opposition (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 273).