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"No problem I faced while I was president of the United States was more controversial or more complex than the problem of Israel."
Harry Truman, "A Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman"
May is Jewish American Heritage Month, recognizing Jewish American contributions to the United States. The friendship and respect between a self-proclaimed Missouri Baptist, Harry Truman, and the son of impoverished Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, Harry Jacobson, made possible a significant contribution to American history. Through the connection of these two army buddies and former business partners, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first president of the new state of Israel, met with President Truman and became a significant force in the decision of the United States to recognize the state of Israel on May 15, 1948. Visit https://www.c-span.org/video/?197078-1/at-war-experts.
(Video clip from "At War with the Experts," Episode 6 of a television documentary series, Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman. The Screen Gems, Inc., production crew began work at the Truman Library in May 1963. The 26 episodes began broadcasting in November 1964. https://www.c-span.org/video/?197078-1/at-war-experts )
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