Harry S. Truman, the State of Israel, and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East

Michael J. Devine, ed.

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On the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel an international group of scholars, policy makers, and members of the public gathered at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace on the Hebrew University Campus to examine the diplomatic and political context from which the State of Israel emerged.

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On the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel an international group of scholars, policy makers, and members of the public gathered at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace on the Hebrew University Campus to examine the diplomatic and political context from which the State of Israel emerged. Presenters placed special emphasis on research using archival materials made available in recent decades.

This event also marked the fortieth anniversary of the creation of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute and provided an opportunity to commemorate and reflect on the work supported by the Institute. This collection of the thirteen articles presented at the conference in May 2008 advances the discussion of President Truman’s recognition of the State of Israel, highlights ongoing research in international archives, and reviews efforts in the advocacy of peace made possible by the Institute.

Contents

Preface
Haim D. Rabinowitch

Introduction
Michael J. Devine

Session 1
Perspectives on President Truman and Middle East History

Introduction to Session 1
William A. Brown

The Truman Period as a Research Field
Richard S. Kirkendall

A Personal Reappraisal of the Man from Independence
Allen Weinstein

Session 2
Israeli Statehood and International Actors

Introduction to Session 2
Uri Bialer

Bevin, Truman, and Palestine, 1945–1948
Gabriel (Gabi) Sheffer

The Arabs, Truman, and the Birth of the State of Israel
Avraham Sela

The "Trusteeship" and the Yishuv's Military Strategy
Alon Kadish

The Soviet Union and the Establishment of Israel
Viadislav Zubok

The U.S. Army, Displaced Persons, and American Palestine Policy
Ronald W. Zweig

Session 3
Why Did President Truman Support the Establishment of the State of Israel?

Introduction of Session 3
William A. Brown

Truman, Jews, and Zionists
Ronald Radosh and Allis Radosh

Truman's Recognition of Israel: The Domestic Factor
Michael J. Cohen

In Conclusion: Searching for Synthesis
Melvyn Leffler

Contributors

Index

Authors

Contributors include Uri Bialer, William A. Brown, Michael Cohen, Michael J. Devine, Alon Kadish, Richard S. Kirkendall, Melvyn Leffler, Haim D. Rabinowitch, Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh, Avraham Sela, Gabriel Sheffer, Allen Weinstein, Vladislav Zubok, and Ronald W. Zweig.

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