Sixty-six years ago tonight (by the Hebrew calendar) is the anniversary of Israel declaring her independence. That independence would have been very short lived were it not for the strong will of President Harry S Truman, who became the new State’s first international supporter. Truman recognized Israel not because of any political stance, but because he thought it was the right thing to do. When Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Isaac Herzog, visited the White House after Israel declared her independence he told Truman, “God put you in your mother’s womb so that you would be the instrument to bring the rebirth of Israel after 2000 years.”
If Barack Obama was president 66 years ago, Israel may very well have been cast aside in deference to the King of Saudi Arabia and the Arab League. He most probably would have tried to negate the UN Partition Plan, as most in the State Department recommended in 1948, because President Obama believes the United States should lead from behind. That wasn’t Harry Truman’s style.
“What I am trying to do is make the whole world safe for Jews,” Harry Truman wrote as he agonized over his decision to recognize a Jewish state in Palestine.
Secretary of State George Marshall (Time’s 1947 Man of the Year) was just as opposed to the creation of Israel as Truman was for it. Clark M. Clifford, Special Counsel to President Truman at the time, remembered the internal US fight regarding the recognition of the Jewish State — the final discussion in the Oval Office. The meeting turned out to be an angry battle with Clifford and the President on one side, Marshall and Undersecretary of State Robert Lovett on the other.
The argument used many of the same memes as used today. Lovett first argued that Truman was supporting Israel was solely for political gain and he warned the President the move would lose more votes than it would gain. When that didn’t work, Lovett tried another approach the red scare (because you know all of those Jews are commies). As Clifford recalls:
Mr. President, to recognize the Jewish state prematurely would be buying a pig in a poke. How do we know what kind of Jewish state will be set up? We have many reports from British and American intelligence agents that Soviets are sending Jews and Communist agents into Palestine from the Black Sea area.
Lovett read some of these intelligence reports to the group. I found them ridiculous, and no evidence ever turned up to support them; in fact, Jews were fleeing communism throughout Eastern Europe at that very moment.” When Lovett was done speaking it was the “hero” Marshall’s turn:
With barely contained rage and more than a hint of self-righteousness, he made the most remarkable threat I ever heard anyone make directly to a President: “If you follow Clifford’s advice and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you. Everyone in the room was stunned. Here was the indispensable symbol of continuity [from FDR] whom President Truman revered and needed, making a threat that, if it became public, could virtually seal the dissolution of the Truman Administration and send the Western Alliance, then in the process of creation, into disarray before it had been fully structured. Marshall’s statement fell short of an explicit threat to resign, but it came very close.” General Marshall’s position was grossly unfair. Just like to day opponents of the Jewish State believed the sole reason for the president’s support was politics.
But Truman’s mind was made up– he was going to do the right thing. At 4 p.m. Friday May 14, 1948 just before the start of the Jewish Sabbath, David Ben Gurion read a 979-word declaration of independence in front of a small audience at the Tel Aviv Art Museum. He finished in his usual terse manner. “The state of Israel is established! The meeting is ended.” At midnight, British rule over Palestine lapsed; 11 minutes later White House spokesman Charlie Ross announced U.S. recognition.
In 1961 long after was out of office, Truman met with Israeli PM David Ben Gurion in NY. In writing about the meeting, Ben Gurion said:
At our last meeting, after a very interesting talk, just before [the President] left me – it was in a New York hotel suite – I told him that as a foreigner I could not judge what would be his place in American history; but his helpfulness to us, his constant sympathy with our aims in Israel, his courageous decision to recognize our new state so quickly and his steadfast support since then had given him an immortal place in Jewish history. As I said that, tears suddenly sprang to his eyes. And his eyes were still wet when he bade me goodbye. I had rarely seen anyone so moved. I tried to hold him for a few minutes until he had become more composed, for I recalled that the hotel corridors were full of waiting journalists and photographers. He left. A little while later, I too had to go out, and a correspondent came to me to ask, “Why was President Truman in tears when he left you?” I believe that I know. These were the tears of a man who had been subjected to calumny and vilification, who had persisted against powerful forces within his own Administration determined to defeat him. These were the tears of a man who had fought ably and honorably for a humanitarian goal to which he was deeply committed. These were tears of thanksgiving that his God had seen fit to bless his labors with success.
The Arabs financed Obama's election, after those in the Middle East saw the Israelis getting recognized as a country with the USA financing much of its build up and our backing, we even gave them the Nuclear bomb and Aircraft and other manner of weapons to help them protect themselves as the Arab nations swore to kill them all, hell we even came to their aid when they were outnumbered and compromised. They planted Obama and financed his election and helped rig it so he would win, twice; hundreds of millions of dollars flooding enough cash into the election and made it the most expensive election in history; how did this happen and why was nothing done to stop this? If you have a Constitutional requirement that the candidate must be a Naturalized Citizen how is it other countries were allowed to flood the election with so much money without us acting to stop it; this is the reason for the language in the Constitution was put there, they foresaw this travesty could happen and took steps to stop it. The Democrats are Communists and in your face about it, we have them in power now and trying to take away all our rights, why has nothing been done to remove him from office?
Not only NO But HELL NO!!!
Hell No. But he would recognize the Muslim slime throughout the world.
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BARRY SOETORO/BARACK OBAMA IS AN ISLAM WORSHIPPING MUSLIM/COMMUNIST MEMBER OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD! HE HATES ISRAEL AND ALL JEWS IN GENERAL! HE IS DOING HIS ABSOLUTE BEST TO DESTROY AMERICA AND "ALL OF IT'S INFIDEL DOGS" BEFORE HIS TERM OF OFFICE IS UP! IMPEACH THAT MUSLIM/COMMUNIST BAST--D AND SAVE AMERICA!
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I doubt it he would have allowed the Grand Mufti to exterminate the remaining jews a train ride to Germany.