Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

by Michael T. Benson, Stan A. Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275958078

ISBN-13: 9780275958077

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Harry S. Truman sensed something profound and meaningful in the Jewish restoration to Palestine, something which transcended other considerations. As the president recorded in his Memoirs, the Palestine question was a basic human problem. In the end, Truman was willing to go against the current of his most trusted foreign policy advisers, who were absolutely

Overview

Harry S. Truman sensed something profound and meaningful in the Jewish restoration to Palestine, something which transcended other considerations. As the president recorded in his Memoirs, the Palestine question was a basic human problem. In the end, Truman was willing to go against the current of his most trusted foreign policy advisers, who were absolutely opposed to the establishment of a Jewish state in the Middle East. These advisers argued that however humanitarian a Jewish homeland might seem, such a proposition posed a real risk to American interests in the Near East and to United States national security in the late 1940s. Despite their continued opposition, Truman stood his ground and maintained that he would decide the entire issue based on what he thought was right. Of interest to historians, and students of Israel and of the U.S. presidency.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275958077
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1790L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Bible and Sword Redux: Balfour, Wilson, Roosevelt, and the Question of Palestine

The Man from Missouri

Truman and the Formulation of Foreign Policy

Truman's Early Views on Zionism and the Development of His Presidential Policy on Palestine

The Issue of Immigration

State Department Opposition

The American Jewish Lobby and Its Impact on the President

Enter the United Nations

A President from Independence, a Chemist from Pinsk, and a Haberdasher from Kansas City

March 1948 and the American Reversal of Its Palestine Policy

Showdown in the Oval Office: 12 May 1948

Truman Recognizes Israel

The Election of 1948: Truman and the Jewish Vote

The Aftermath of American Recognition

Conclusion

Selected Bibliography

Index

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