Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Truman and the creation of Israel


Photo of Truman and Weizmann 1948

There was no Israel at the start of the 20th Century.

After World War II, the US government had to decide whether or not a state of Israel should be created. "The Department of State, including the highly respected Secretary of State, George Marshall, advised against it, as did much of his (Truman's) cabinet." (United States recognition of Israel)

According to Harry Clark, writing in Counterpunch, "Dewey Stone, a Zionist businessman, had financed Truman's vice-presidential campaign in 1944, and businessman Abraham Feinberg, with jewelry magnate Edmund Kauffman, led fundraising for the otherwise penniless 1948 presidential campaign...

"Key White House advisors ensured the domination of Zionist viewpoints in the highest circles of the Truman Administration. Jewish aides David Niles, administrative assistant to Truman, and Max Lowenthal, special assistant on Palestine to Clark Clifford, himself 'Truman's key advisor on Palestine at the White House,' were especially crucial... (Harry Clark: Truman and Israel)

Gore Vidal, in a Preface to Israel Shahak's book, Jewish History, Jewish Religion, p. vii-viii, wrote: "Sometime in the late 1950s, that world-class gossip and occasional historian, John F. Kennedy, told me how, in 1948, Harry S. Truman had been pretty much abandoned by everyone when he came to run for president. Then an American Zionist brought him two million dollars in cash, in a suitcase, aboard his whistle-stop campaign train. 'That's why our recognition of Israel was rushed through so fast.'" (Jew Watch -- Truman Recognized Israel On Account Of A Bribe From ...)
Sam (Momo) Giancana was a gangster with links to politics. "According to Momo, both presidents Roosevelt and Truman were 'bought'. FDR, he claimed, owed his political career to Underworld dollars and Truman had had close ties with the vicious Prendergast mob in Kansas City from its earliest days." (Sam 'Momo' Giancana: Live and Die by the Sword)

Truman recognized the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, after it declared itself a nation.[48]

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