Decision Points

From UN Partition to Statehood: The Battle in the Truman Administration

Nov. 6, 2019

This episode will focus on the moment when Britain was about to depart Mandatory Palestine and there was heightened uncertainty about whether the State of Israel would be formed. The episode highlights the battle between the personalities and policy differences of President Harry Truman and his advisors, and chronicles America’s dramatic path to recognizing the Jewish State.


Host David Makovsky will be in conversation with Ronald Radosh, co-author of one of the preeminent books on Truman and 1948, A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel.


Audio Clips Used


"FDR Dies 450412 News Clip 01, Old Time Radio"


"President Roosevelt Meets Middle East Leaders [Etc.]


"Last British Troops Leave Palestine - 1948"


70th Anniversary of UN Partition Plan Vote


At War with the Experts [CSPAN]



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