"As for your interest in the proclamation of May 14, 1948, any document or statement issued by the President goes through a series of statements to make certain of its accuracy and clarity of meaning. I continue to hope that a reign of peace will soon come to pass."
In reality, Truman's recognition of Israel was sent only eleven minutes after receiving the news that Israel had proclaimed independence at midnight on May 14/15, 1948 (in the U. S., May 14, 6 p.m. E. S. T.). The hastily typed original, with handwritten edits, is preserved in Truman's Presidential Library. Secretary of State George C. Marshall and many other opposed the creation of a Jewish state. Any mention by Truman of his recognition of Israel is extremely rare.
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