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Theodore Roosevelt Expresses Support For Jewish Control of Palestine

(July 11, 1918)

On July 11, 1918, Theodore Roosevelt, then a private citizen, wrote to Lioubomir Michailovitch, Serbian Minister to the United States, outlining the geopolitical changes he believed would be necessary for a successful peace to be concluded after World War I, including the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. He writes (see bottom of page 2), There can be no peace worth having unless...the Jews given control of Palestine. He also mentions the need for the Arabs to receive their independence.

Source: Theodore Roosevelt Center.