Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

by Michael T. Benson
     
 

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

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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
Introduction1
1Bible and Sword Redux: Balfour, Wilson, Roosevelt, and the Question of Palestine13
2The Man from Missouri29
3Truman and the Formulation of Foreign Policy41
4Truman's Early Views on Zionism and the Development of His Presidential Policy on Palestine53
5The Issue of Immigration63
6State Department Opposition77
7The American Jewish Lobby and Its Impact on the President91
8Enter the United Nations101
9A President from Independence, a Chemist from Pinsk, and a Haberdasher from Kansas City117
10March 1948 and the American Reversal of Its Palestine Policy133
11Showdown in the Oval Office: 12 May 1948151
12Truman Recognizes Israel163
13The Election of 1948: Truman and the Jewish Vote175
14The Aftermath of American Recognition187
Conclusion195
Selected Bibliography197
Index211

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