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Truman Says Jewish, Arab Lobbying Won’t Influence Him

(May 5, 1948)

President Truman frequently complained about Zionists pressuring him to support partition and the recognition of Israel. In this letter to Rep. Arthur Klein, shortly before Israel declared its independence, he says he doesn’t mind Jews or Arabs lobbying and insists neither will influence him. Klein had written to complain about the bias of Loy Henderson, the head of the Division of Near Eastern and African Affairs at the State Department.