Israel and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman

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When he assumed the presidency in April 1945, Harry S. Truman inherited various international sources of turmoil, including the ambiguity of American policy toward political Zionism. Three years later, President Truman recognized the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, just 11 minutes after the announcement of its existence. These essays explore the methods Truman used to tackle this dilemma?one he is said to have considered more troublesome than almost any other issue plaguing the United States at the time. After ...
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When he assumed the presidency in April 1945, Harry S. Truman inherited various international sources of turmoil, including the ambiguity of American policy toward political Zionism. Three years later, President Truman recognized the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, just 11 minutes after the announcement of its existence. These essays explore the methods Truman used to tackle this dilemma—one he is said to have considered more troublesome than almost any other issue plaguing the United States at the time. After 50 years of continuing conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, the legacy of Truman's struggle is reflected in the distinct voices of this collection's contributors, including scholars, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Israel's representative to the United Nations, and a White House aide during Truman's presidency.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781931112802
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Truman Legacy Series
  • Pages: 121
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction: The {dollar}64 Question   John Judis     xv
Harry S. Truman, Jews, and the Recognition of Israel
Harry S. Truman and Jewish Refugees   Alan L. Berger     3
Truman's 1947 "Anti-Semitic" Diary Entry   Bruce S. Warshal     11
Recognizing Israel: "A Little Touch of Harry in the Night"   Michael T. Benson     21
Pragmatic Idealism: Truman's Broader Middle East Policy   Tom Lansford     28
An Act of Political Courage   Asher Naim     42
The Truman Doctrine and the Recognition of Israel   Pat Schroeder     44
Remembering President Truman   Ken Hechler     48
Reflections on the Middle East Since 1948
Understanding Historical Narratives   David Gordis     53
Islam and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East   Ahrar Ahmad     60
Envisioning Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians   William A. Brown     71
Appendices
The View from the White House An Interview with George M. Elsey   Michael T. Benson     81
My First Forty-five Minutes with Harry S. Truman   Abba Eban     90
The Truman Administration and U.S. Recognition of Israel-AChronology   Raymond H. Geselbracht     97
Selected Bibliography     105
Contributors     109
Index     115
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