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UN Delegations Angered By U.S. Recognition of Israel

(May 19, 1948)

Memo from U.S. Ambassador to the UN Warren Austin to Secretary of State George Marshall explaining the U.S. decision to immediately recognize Israel upset delegations at the UN that were supporting a truce and trusteeship at America’s request. Failure to inform other countries of the announcement in advance also angered them. Austin notes that while the Arab states were expectedly “bitter,” others such as Canada, China and some Latin American states felt “double-crossed.” He says some governments now distrust the United States.