Press Release Announcing U.S. Recognition of Israel

(1948)

On May 14, 1948, just eleven minutes after David Ben-Gurion began reading Israel's Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv, President Harry S. Truman signed a brief, tersely worded Press Release Announcing U.S. Recognition of Israel, acknowledging Ben-Gurion's “provisional government as the de facto authority of the new State of Israel.” The United States thus became the first country in the world to recognize the newly founded state of Israel. Eight months later, on January 31, 1949, following the election of a permanent government in Israel and his own reelection and...

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The Press Release Announcing U.S. Recognition of Israel (National Archives and Records Administration)

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