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Story about Truman and the creation of Israel is apocryphal
Story about Truman and the creation of Israel is apocryphal

Commentator G. Jefferson Price revives the old canard that President Harry S. Truman supported the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 solely in order to woo Jewish voters ("The U.S. romance with Saudi Arabia is 70 years old this Valentine's Day," Feb. 12). As was noted many years ago by Clark Clifford, the president's White House counsel and close personal aide, the claim — which Mr. Clifford vigorously denied — "casts a shroud of suspicion over the Truman presidency" and portrays the birth of Israel as "somehow illicit and ignoble." In reality, Truman's sympathy for the Zionist cause predated his ascension to the...

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