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Weizmann Asks Truman to Ensure Negev Remains Part of Israel

(November 5, 1948)

In November 1948, Chaim Weizmann wrote to President Truman to express concern about British efforts, supported by the United States, at the United Nations to force Israel to give up the Negev desert. This was a key element of the plan proposed by UN Mediator Folke Bernadotte. The area was to be part of the Jewish state in the partition resolution and had been defended against the Egyptian invasion during the war. As Weizmann notes, the area was considered critical for the future develpment of Israel, and he asks Truman to ensure it remains part of Israel.