By Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh
On may well 14, 1948, lower than the stewardship of President Harry S. Truman, the USA grew to become the 1st state to acknowledge the country of Israel—just moments after sovereignty were declared in Jerusalem. however it was once rarely a foregone end that the US may welcome the production of this new kingdom. whereas acknowledging this as one in every of his proudest moments, Truman additionally admitted that no factor was once "more arguable or extra advanced than the matter of Israel." because the president informed his closest advisers, those makes an attempt to solve 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 resulted in this historical get together. Allis and Ronald Radosh discover the nationwide and international pressures concerning Truman and the people—including the global Jewish neighborhood, key White apartment advisers, the country division, the British, the Arabs, and the representatives of the hot United Nations—whose impression, on either side, ended in his decision.
Impeccably researched, brilliantly instructed, A secure Haven is a suspenseful, moment-by-moment new version of this crossroads in U.S.-Israeli kin and heart jap politics.
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Additional resources for A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel
He was very conscious of the fact that he held the job only because of FDR’s sudden passing. It was FDR’s policies that had gained the overwhelming approval of the nation. ” 30 In the days and even months ahead, Truman continued to tell people that he did not want to be president under such terms. Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky, exasperated, ﬁnally told 46 A S A F E H AV E N the president it was not good to appear so self-deprecating. 31 Truman had reason to feel insecure.
If some had those fears, they were ill advised. Since 1944, Truman had become a major ﬁgure in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. 22 Rosenman also became an important, though unofﬁcial, adviser to Truman on the Jewish situation. 44 A S A F E H AV E N David K. Niles had served FDR as an adviser on patronage and minority-group issues and New York City politics. He also served as a liaison with the Jews, who were pressing FDR on the issues of rescue, refugees, and Palestine. Roosevelt counted on Niles to advise him on which Jewish leaders he had to see and which ones he could put off without harming his political capital with Jewish constituents.
21 Truman realized that Rosenman’s two-decades-long relationship with Franklin Roosevelt would serve him well. His very presence became a reassuring symbol for old New Dealers who worried that Truman would not carry on the policies that had made FDR beloved to the American public. They worried that, as some people expected, Truman would be far more conservative than Roosevelt. If some had those fears, they were ill advised. Since 1944, Truman had become a major ﬁgure in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel by Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh