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Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel
Author: Michael T. Benson
ISBN 13: 9780275958077
ISBN 10: 275958078
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: 1997-07-16
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
List Price: $132.00

A study of Truman's decision to support the founding of Israel.


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.