Presidential Advisers, Arab Anti-Semites, Left-wing Zionists, and the Birth of the Jewish State

December 5, 2022 | Jeffrey Herf
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In Israel’s Moment: International Support for and Opposition to Establishing the Jewish State, 1945–1949, Jeffrey Herf explores the geopolitical circumstances that allowed for Israel’s birth, ranging from the USSR’s support for Jewish statehood to the role of Arab anti-Semitism in trying to block it. Herf discusses his book and much else—including the role of the White House counsel Clark Clifford in convincing President Truman to support statehood, how George Kennan came to abandon his earlier anti-Zionism, and why the American left supported Zionism—in conversation with Clifford May and Jonathan Schanzer.

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