Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

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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.

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Challenges the almost universal belief that US president Truman recognized the nascent state of Israel in 1948 over objections of his advisors in order to capture votes and political support from American Jews in the upcoming election. Argues instead that he had humanitarian, moral, and sentimental motivations, many of them grounded in his religious upbringing and familiarity with the Bible. Finds parallels between the US and British actions and goals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958077
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL T. BENSON is President of Snow College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Bible and Sword Redux: Balfour, Wilson, Roosevelt, and the Question of Palestine 13
2 The Man from Missouri 29
3 Truman and the Formulation of Foreign Policy 41
4 Truman's Early Views on Zionism and the Development of His Presidential Policy on Palestine 53
5 The Issue of Immigration 63
6 State Department Opposition 77
7 The American Jewish Lobby and Its Impact on the President 91
8 Enter the United Nations 101
9 A President from Independence, a Chemist from Pinsk, and a Haberdasher from Kansas City 117
10 March 1948 and the American Reversal of Its Palestine Policy 133
11 Showdown in the Oval Office: 12 May 1948 151
12 Truman Recognizes Israel 163
13 The Election of 1948: Truman and the Jewish Vote 175
14 The Aftermath of American Recognition 187
Conclusion 195
Selected Bibliography 197
Index 211
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