By Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh
On might 14, 1948, less than the stewardship of President Harry S. Truman, the us turned the 1st state to acknowledge the kingdom of Israel—just moments after sovereignty have been declared in Jerusalem. however it used to be not often a foregone end that the United States could welcome the construction of this new state. whereas acknowledging this as one in all his proudest moments, Truman additionally admitted that no factor used to be "more debatable or extra advanced than the matter of Israel." because the president advised his closest advisers, those makes an attempt to unravel the problem of a Jewish place of birth had left him in a of "political conflict fatigue."
Based on never-before-used archival fabric, A secure Haven is the main whole account up to now of the occasions that ended in this ancient get together. Allis and Ronald Radosh discover the nationwide and international pressures referring to Truman and the people—including the global Jewish group, key White condo advisers, the kingdom division, the British, the Arabs, and the representatives of the hot United Nations—whose effect, on either side, ended in his decision.
Impeccably researched, brilliantly advised, A secure Haven is a suspenseful, moment-by-moment new version of this crossroads in U.S.-Israeli family and heart japanese politics.
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He would never, he assured the concerned monarch, help the Jews at the expense of the Arabs. King Saud immediately seemed relieved. The president then explained to Ibn Saud that he was talking as the chief executive but it was impossible for him to prevent speeches made on behalf of the Zionist project or to stop resolutions in favor of a Jewish homeland passed by Congress. S. policy. 90 His chief adviser, Harry Hopkins, was not happy. On the Quincy, Hopkins had remained in his cabin, too sick to attend the meeting itself.
A friendly and peaceful Arab world, and 2. a struggle to the death between Arab and Jew if unreasonable immigration of Jews to Palestine is renewed. ” 95 Churchill, Rabbi Stephen Wise commented, had the same problem that FDR 30 A S A F E H AV E N faced: he was unable to make an impression on King Saud. ” 96 On March 1, FDR’s acquiescence to Ibn Saud was made clear when he reported on Yalta in a speech to Congress. The country could see the toll his trip had taken. The president, despite his polio, had always given his speeches standing up.
Truman, who was a lifelong history buff, was fascinated by the biographies of great political and military leaders, especially of his hero Andrew Jackson. Perhaps because from the age of eight he wore thick eyeglasses, which precluded some of the rough-and-tumble activity of his friends, Harry was drawn to quieter pastimes. He became an excellent pianist and for a while entertained the thought that he might make it his career. 34 Truman claimed his interest in Palestine went back to his childhood.
A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel by Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh