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A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel by Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh

By Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh

On might 14, 1948, below the stewardship of President Harry S. Truman, the USA turned the 1st kingdom 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 might welcome the construction of this new state. whereas acknowledging this as certainly one of his proudest moments, Truman additionally admitted that no factor was once "more arguable or extra complicated than the matter of Israel." because the president advised his closest advisers, those makes an attempt to unravel the problem of a Jewish fatherland had left him in a situation of "political conflict fatigue."

Based on never-before-used archival fabric, A secure Haven is the main entire account thus far of the occasions that resulted in this historical social gathering. Allis and Ronald Radosh discover the nationwide and worldwide pressures relating Truman and the people—including the global Jewish group, key White condominium advisers, the country division, the British, the Arabs, and the representatives of the hot United Nations—whose impression, on each side, ended in his decision.

Impeccably researched, brilliantly instructed, A secure Haven is a suspenseful, moment-by-moment new edition of this crossroads in U.S.-Israeli kin and heart japanese politics.

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The president’s own position, he told the Stettinius, was that “Palestine should be for the Jews and no Arabs should be in it, and he has definite ideas on the subject. ” 66 Not even the most militant Zionists, it must be said, had ever called for such a drastic solution to the Palestine issue. Two months later the president told Stettinius, who had replaced the ailing Cordell Hull as secretary of state, that he planned to meet with Ibn Saud during his trip to Yalta. ” 67 Roosevelt hoped that a Jewish commonwealth in Palestine would emerge that would aid the economic development of Arab lands.

He and another Missouri journalist, Duke Shoop, were the only members of the press who were given access to the president his first day in office. Truman always felt the most comfortable with men from his home state. Americans were already commenting that Truman looked just like any average man on the street. That, Roberts said, was precisely his advantage. Unlike FDR, who was an upper-class patrician, Truman knew the meaning of hard work, debt, and struggle and the responsibilities of leadership during wartime.

Rosenman was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1896 to Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a clothing manufacturer who moved his family to New York City when his son was eight years old. After attending Columbia College and Law School, Rosenman was elected to the New York State Assembly. He began his career with FDR during the 1928 campaign for governor of New York. When Roosevelt won, Rosenman stayed on as a speechwriter and counsel. Elected in 1932 to the New York State Supreme Court, Rosenman in his spare time served Roosevelt in different capacities when he became president, including that of speechwriter.

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