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Truman Says American Jews Are “Very Emotional”

(May 18, 1948)

In this letter responding to New York politician Dean Alfange, President Truman says Jews are “very emotional” and that he cannot be emotional and must work for all the American people. He blames the emotional American Jews and “equally emotional Arabs in Egypt and Syria” for the failure to reach an agreement in 1946 when the Anglo-American Committee convened. He also blames the British for failing to bring about a settlement decades earlier. Alfange’s letter is below the response.

Alfange’s letter: