It Was 63 Years Ago

Posted by on May 13, 2011 1:27 pm
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It was 63 years ago on Friday May 14, 1948 that President Harry Truman recognized a new government and country, Israel. Jeff Dunetz wrote earlier this week a column, When Our President Had A Moral Compass Truman Recognizing Israel In May 1948. I encourage you to read it in its entirety. There is a segment where he writes about Truman’s Special Counsel, Clark Clifford recollections of this historic moment. For me this was like being a fly on the wall of the Oval Office listening to the conversation between President Harry Truman, Secretary of State George Marshall, and Secretary of Defense Robert Lovett.

Secretary of State George Marshall:

Mr. President, I thought this meeting was called to consider an important and complicated problem in foreign policy. I don’t even know why Clark Clifford is here. He is a domestic adviser, and this is a foreign policy matter.

President Truman:

Well, General, he’s here because I asked him to be here.

Secretary of State George Marshall:

These considerations have nothing to do with the issue. I fear that the only reason Clifford is here is that he is pressing a political consideration with regard to this issue. I don’t think politics should play any part in this.

Secretary of Defense Robert Lovett:

It would be highly injurious to the United Nations to announce the recognition of the Jewish state even before it had come into existence and while the General Assembly is still considering the question. Furthermore, such a move would be injurious to the prestige of the President. It is obviously designed to win the Jewish vote, but in my opinion, it would lose more votes than it would gain. 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.

Secretary of State George Marshall:

If you follow Clifford’s advice and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you.

Around 4 p.m., Secretary of Defense Robert Lovett telephoned call Clark Clifford:

Clark, I think we have something we can work with. I have talked to the General. He cannot support the President’s position, but he has agreed that he will not oppose it.

Just after 6 p.m Charlie Ross, the President’s press secretary gathers the White House press. Ross read aloud to them:

Statement by the President. This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine….The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new State of Israel.

President Harry S Truman:

What I am trying to do is make the whole world safe for Jews.

The Chief Rabbi of Israel later told Truman:

God put you in your mother’s womb, so you would be the instrument to bring the rebirth of Israel.

It might seem a little strange for a conservative website like ours to have a dispatch to honor a Democrat elected President. I believe President Truman should be honored and remembered favorably for recognizing the new State of Israel. If you read Jeff’s column you will note what a stark contrast there exists between President Truman and the current occupant of the White House. To be fair there are also those like James Baker, Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul who are as strenuously opposed to Israel as George Marshall and Robert Lovett. I suggest that the better moral position is that of Harry Truman instead of those other guys.

12 responses to It Was 63 Years Ago

  1. Mike gamecock DeVine May 13th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Truman was great, as was JFK. FDR did great things. Grover Cleveland was cool. Jefferson, Jackson…

  2. Mike gamecock DeVine May 13th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Let’s go a bit deeper into why it was so then, and is now, such a moral imperative to be very clearly and strongly supportive of Israel, and when I say supportive, I mean essentially ready and willing to defend an attack on them as if it were Manhattan; as well as how this issue relates to party politics then and now.

    1) Given the history of the persecution of the Jews since Joseph was sold into slavery thru today, coupled with their shining cities of liberty and how they fought for their borders; they deserve our support and the support of all free peoples. One need not ever refer to the Bible of religion to reach this obvious conclusion. And when one looks at the death cult aka Palestinian people, other enemies, small territory and nuclear threats from Iran, it is also imperative that our, ie the USA deterrent be clear and unequivocal. I think we should also, long ago, have taken preemptive action against Iran, much like the action that was taken against Iraq by Israel years ago.

    2) Obama has sent clear signals of indifference re our support for Israel; especially as evidenced by Turkey’s actions and by our designation of Iran’s Syria puppet’s leader as a “reformer.”

    3) Beginning at least as early as 1975 and then especially after Carter’s Andrew Young embraced Arafat’s death cult, the Dem party abandoned a moral foreign policy re Israel and most every other nation: see also the Hmong, Contras etc

    more later

    • pilgrim May 13th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      I agree with you, and it disappoints me how many politicians believe the lies about a “palestine”. It is like history can only begin with the Roman Empire since that is when that word was first used. Earlier history tells us of Judea, Israel, and Samaria. History also tells of conquests of these lands before and also after the time of the Roman Empire.

      • Mike gamecock DeVine May 13th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

        Yes Pil’ and even God only let the Hebrews have the Promised Land for a short time. The land belongs to the strong and it was the strong that made Israel despite the British Empire’s obstinence. They took the land for a safe haven and no nation in that area has treated Arabs better than Jews.

  3. Mike gamecock DeVine May 13th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Truman combined courage with Judeo-Christian values. One of the main reasons for the stark and essentially un-reconcilable political divide between Dems and Repubs since JFK was killed is that the Left has increasingly dominated the leadership of the Dem Party and the Left is essentially anathema to Judeo-Christian values. more later

    • cactusjack May 13th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Precisely. Truman-JFK represented the Cold Warrior-Hawk strain of the Democrat Party that was cut off in 1972 by George McGovern. One of McGovern’s foot soldiers btw was Hillary Clinton. Atfter the surrender-Left took over the Dem party, Scoop Jackson was the last of the Mohicans in the Senate and Charlie Wilson ran his own maverick operation in the House but it was a patriotic America-first that JFK would have been comfortable with. When they died, that strain passed with them. The Dems today are basically triangulating appeasers when it comes to foreign policy. Proof? JFK to Kruschev when RUssia put nuke missiles in Cuba: “those missiles have got to go – war is more likely with them than without them.:Obama to China if they put bases in Cuba: “we need a new approach. China is not our enemy. We can work with Raul Castro. Why make a big deal out of this, leave them alone.” You know it is not long before we hear those words from Obama somewhere where it really matters (Cuba?Taiwan? Israel?) and his weakness backs us into a military confrontation Obama is unprepared for, mentally or experientially.

      • pilgrim May 14th, 2011 at 8:08 am

        I think there are more than just surrender-left appeasers that we are seeing. There are also those who loathe, despise, and reject anyone who exhibits Judeo/Christian values. They are not so much wanting to appease the terrorists only. They also want to see Jews wiped off the face of the earth.

  4. nessa May 13th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    But who was The Man in the room? A retired Army General, George C Marshall. If contributions to World War II are distilled down to their individual components he did more than any other American to win it. And never sold out his principles, unlike some other Generals, Colin, I’m looking at you. Racist dirtbag.

    • cactusjack May 13th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      the announcement to recognize happened like lightning and took even the US delegation at the UN by surprise.As I recall the letter HST signed was very quickly prepared and, very brief but was the first to use the name State of Israel instead of Palestine.

  5. bobmontgomery May 14th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    ’48 was also the year of the Berlin airlift. We were also rebuilding Europe with the Marshall Plan, rebuilding our own economy,on the verge of repulsing the communist hordes from South Korea, just generally very busy…..and very good.

  6. bobmontgomery May 14th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    And now there’s this:
    We rant and rave about our government and academia and Hollywood and the media, but how low have we sunk when our mainline Protestant churches have been co-opted by the left-wing, anarchist, amoral, anti-American agendaites?

  7. bobmontgomery May 15th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    And now this:

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