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Retired diplomat Evan M. Wilson provides an intimate first hand account of the historic 1948 US decision to recognize Israel, the factions within the government and in the department of Near East Affairs both pro and con. Indeed, as a career American diplomat he was front and centre in the deliberations and was on the support staff of the 12 member Anglo-American fact finding commission in 1946 that heard an astounding array of views including Azzam Pasha, Secretary General of the Arab League, Hassan al-Banna, ideological founder of the Muslim Brotherhood who argued that the Quran tolerated Christians but not Jews (pp153), Albert Einstein, Walter C. Lowdermilk, historian Albert Hourani, Ben Gurion and others.
Much of the opposition towards statehood in the US came from the Near East division of the State Department who were influenced by the desire not to offend the Arabs. Wilson complains that the White House often left the diplomatic corps in the dark as to White House policy and intentions, though this reminded me of episodes of the British series Yes, Prime Minister the civil servants of the Foreign Office believed that foreign policy was "much too important to be left to the politicians.Read more ›
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