Press Release Announcing U.S. Recognition of Israel

(1948)

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Impact

The immediate impact of Truman's recognition of Israel was profound, particularly for the Israelis. Truman received Israel's first president, Chaim Weizmann, in the White House in May 1948 within a few days of Israel's declaring its independence. Weizmann's presidential status was fully honored, and Truman promised him a loan of $100 million for the economic development of the new Jewish state. Two years later, Israel and the United States agreed on a Mutual Security Act, which...