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A Calculated Risk: The U.S. Decision to Recognize Israel [NOOK Book]

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In the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, the Truman White House led the effort to establish the state of Israel. But, was it inevitable that the U.S. would endorse the concept of a Jewish state? Was U.S. policy entirely pro-Jewish? To what extent did the State Department influence Presidents Roosevelt and Truman in regard to Palestine? How aware were the two presidents of the probable consequences of their decisions about the Middle East? A Calculated Risk explores these questions and more. It examines...
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A Calculated Risk: The U.S. Decision to Recognize Israel

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Overview

In the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, the Truman White House led the effort to establish the state of Israel. But, was it inevitable that the U.S. would endorse the concept of a Jewish state? Was U.S. policy entirely pro-Jewish? To what extent did the State Department influence Presidents Roosevelt and Truman in regard to Palestine? How aware were the two presidents of the probable consequences of their decisions about the Middle East? A Calculated Risk explores these questions and more. It examines the intricate international diplomacy that helped pave the way for the creation of the Jewish state and evaluates the conflicting pressures brought to bear on the U.S. with respect to the Palestine question, and specifically the recognition of Israel, from 1942-1948. Impartial, well researched, and highly readable, it tells the complete story of the balancing act that changed the geopolitical landscape in the Middle East.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578603770
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,199,040
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Evan M. Wilson, author of two books and numerous articles, is a foreign service officer, retired, with 30 years' experience focused in the Near East and South Asia. Upon retirement he had been Minister and Consul General at Jerusalem for more than three years and had won the State Department Superior Honor Award for his work during the 1967 crisis and the Six-Day War in Jerusalem.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Foreword     10
Preface     21
Introduction: The Setting and the Cast of Characters     33
The Biltmore Program Calls for a Jewish State     67
The United States Finds a Policy     77
Palestine Becomes a Political Issue     95
Roosevelt's Last Months     109
President Truman and the 100,000 Jews     124
The Abortive Attempt at Anglo-American Cooperation     143
Bridging the Gap: London Conference Breaks Down     193
Palestine Before the United Nations     211
The State of Israel Is Born     248
Epilogue     283
Appendixes
Order (No. 21) Establishing the Department of State Division of Near Eastern Affairs     296
Responsibilities of the Near East Division     297
Extracts from Theodor Herzl's Der Judenstuat, 1896     299
Program of the First World Zionist Congress     299
The Balfour Declaration     300
The Zionist (Biltmore) Program     301
Statement for Issuance by the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom Regarding Palestine     304
Proposed Congressional Resolutions (1944)     305
President Roosevelt to Senator Robert F. Wagner     307
Palestine (A Summary)     308
President Roosevelt's Letter to King Ibn Saud, April 5, 1945     309
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel     311
The Agent of the Provisional Government of Israel (Epstein) to President Truman     316
Notes     318
Bibliography     367
Index     377
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