By Allis Radosh
“[This] revelatory account of Truman's important contributions to Israel's founding. . .is instructed. . . with an beauty knowledgeable through thorough research."
—Wall highway Journal
"Even understanding how the tale ends, A secure Haven had me sitting at the fringe of my seat.”
A dramatic, exact account of the occasions major as much as the construction of a Jewish place of origin and the genuine tale at the back of President Harry S. Truman’s arguable selection to acknowledge of the nation of Israel in 1948, drawn from Truman’s long-lost diary entries and different formerly unused archival materials.
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Think that we’re Englishmen ﬁghting for our nationwide life. ” Calling out as they left, he additional, “Don’t underrate our intelligence. ” The committee’s bodyguard used to be fascinated with their security as they drove again to their inn at evening. “It’s O. ok. ,” Ben-Gurion joked. “I’ve telephoned the terrorists all alongside the direction. ” eighty two The committee contributors listened to the representatives of the Arab Palestinians. In Jerusalem, Jamal Husseini, a consultant of the Arab greater Committee, awarded the Arab case. Husseini used to be a relative of the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, the titular chief of the Palestinian Arabs and a widely known collaborator and partisan of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the course of the battle. the yankee participants desired to comprehend what might occur if, as they needed, Palestine turned a completely Arab country. could the Grand Mufti be professional- T h e S e a rc h f o r C o n s e n s u s 139 claimed head of a brand new Arab Palestine govt? in the event that they succeeded, Jamal Husseini argued, not less than 30 percentage of Jews who had come to Palestine would depart, and the remainder could settle for dwelling in Palestine below Arab rule. As for the Mufti, he may perhaps good develop into head of the recent Palestinian Arab kingdom. He simply had the pursuits of the Arabs at center. As for his collaboration with Hitler, Jamal Husseini argued, the Mufti had in simple terms sought to “get whatever out of them in case they have been triumphant. ” hearing his testimony, Bartley Crum suggestion to himself that al-Husseini used to be “Gerald L. ok. Smith in a fez,” concerning the infamous American anti-Semite. eighty three “He used to be fabulous and ﬂuent,” McDonald commented, “but, from the viewpoint of the americans . . . his open safeguard of the Mufti was once an immense strategic mistake. ” eighty four The ﬁnal Arab assertion was once brought in writing to the committee and later released in the US by means of the Arab ofﬁce because the challenge of Palestine. Its commencing assertion set its tone: “The entire Arab humans is unalterably against the try and impose Jewish immigration and payment upon it, and finally to set up a Jewish country in Palestine. ” eighty five for lots of of the delegates, the main memorable consultation used to be that of Martin Buber and Dr. Judah Magnes, the 2 such a lot famous intellectuals in Jewish Palestine. right here the committee participants heard their eloquent yet might be beside the point pleas to create a brand new binational (ArabJewish) nation within the former British Mandate. Magnes, then the president of Hebrew collage, gave what McDonald known as an “eloquent” and “deeply relocating” speech reﬂecting “a ethical braveness of the very optimum style. ” His resolution, in spite of the fact that, McDonald concept, reﬂected a terrible feel of statesmanship in addition to being thoroughly impractical. 86 Crossman reached a lot a similar end. Acknowledging that the British seen Magnes as a average who sought after conciliation with the Arabs, Crossman felt that his notion of a binational country “represented not anything genuine in Palestine politics” and that when it might probably were attainable yet was once now too overdue. 87 Then the committee got a memorandum from the Jewish Re- 140 A S A F E H AV E N sistance move, the armed unit that, after the warfare, had mixed the ﬁghters of the Haganah with these of the Irgun.