Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Clark CliffordThe Wise Man of Washington$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Acacia

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125510

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125510.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use (for details see www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 January 2019

The Recognition of Israel

The Recognition of Israel

(p.89) 4 The Recognition of Israel
Clark Clifford

John Acacia

University Press of Kentucky

Clark Clifford's memoirs begin with his May 1948 showdown with George Marshall over the question of whether Harry S. Truman should grant recognition to the soon-to-be-declared State of Israel. Clifford tells the story with dramatic flair, almost in David and Goliath terms, pointing out that Truman regarded Marshall as “the greatest living American.” The implication is that Clifford's stature paled in comparison to Marshall's. While it is true that Marshall was a war hero revered by Truman, and indeed the nation, Clifford's influence with Truman was at least equal to, if not greater than, Marshall's. According to Clifford's account, Truman and Marshall were on a “collision course over Mideast policy,” which threatened the viability of the administration, not to mention Truman's reelection bid. The Jewish vote was not numerically significant—Jews made up only four percent of the electorate—but it was concentrated in a few key states, particularly New York.

Keywords:   Clark Clifford, George Marshall, Harry S. Truman, Israel, Mideast policy, reelection, Jewish vote, New York

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .