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Chaim Weizmann
Typed letter signed ("Chaim Weizmann"), 1 p. (11 x 8 1/2 in.; 279 x 210 mm) on Waldorf-Astoria letterhead, New York, 17 May 1948, to Judge Samuel I. Rosenman, New York; horizontal folds.
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Chaim Weizmann's first letter as President-elect of Israel, written three days after Independence, seeking help in persuading Truman to lift the arms embargo.

Samuel I. Rosenman (1896–1973) was a lawyer, judge, senior advisor to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman, and was the first official White House Counsel. In this important letter, Weizmann urges Rosenman to plead his case before Truman.

"This is the first letter which I am writing since the news of last night has reached me. It is only proper that it should be addressed to you who have contributed so much of your effort and wisdom towards bringing about some of the happy results during the past few days.

"Even in this moment I feel that I must ask you again to be so good and impress upon the President the necessity of two additional steps: first, the lifting of the embargo on arms in such a way as to permit supplies being sent to those defending the new State; secondly, a warning to the Arab States that they should stop their destructive and murderous attacks and withdraw their irregular troops and regular forces. I fear that the debate in the Security Council which started off so unhappily on Saturday is not likely to have any deterrent effect on the Arabs and may, indeed, encourage them to increase their violence. The only way, it seems to me, is for the President to take a personal action in the same way as he did in regard to the recognition of the Jewish State. Otherwise I fear that the trouble may assume very serious proportions." 

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