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Eddie Jacobson Recounts His Role in Influencing
Truman to Support Jewish State

(April 1, 1952)

Eddie Jacobson was an old friend of Harry Truman. At critical points in the debate over the partition of Palestine and recognition of Israel, Jacobson spoke with the president and urged him to support the Zionist position. He also convinced the president to meet with Chaim Weizmann who was an articulate spokesperson for the Zionist cause. This became especially urgent when the State Department tried to scuttle the partition plan by proposing a trusteeship for Palestine. Jacobson’s intervention with Truman is credited with influencing his ultimate decision to recognize the new State of Israel. In this letter, Jacobson details his role.

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Source: National Archives.