Press Release Announcing U.S. Recognition of Israel

(1948)

Context

U.S. recognition of Israel took place amidst complex historical circumstances. Global, regional, domestic political, religious, and perhaps even personal factors figured into Truman's decision to recognize the Jewish state without fully consulting or informing numerous key individuals in the State Department or at the United Nations. To fully appreciate the context of Truman's decision, each of these areas needs to be considered individually and collectively.

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