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1948 State Cables Threaten to Unleash Anti-Semitism
Freebeacon ^ | April 26, 2012 | Adam Kredo

Posted on 04/26/2012 5:00:21 PM PDT by SJackson

State Department has long history of undermining the Jewish state, new book reveals

A top official in President Harry Truman’s State Department threatened to stoke anti-Semitism by publicizing documents that would “do great harm to the Jews” as retribution for the establishment of an independent State of Israel, according to newly unearthed diplomatic cables.

As Jews across the globe celebrate Israeli Independence Day today, the cables reveal that, despite public overtures, the U.S. was highly wary of Israel’s creation. They also provide definitive proof of what experts describe as a profound anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bias at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Undersecretary of State Robert Lovett made the threat in a meeting with Zionist official Nahum Goldmann on April 22, 1948, according to a diplomatic cable obtained by the Free Beacon.

In that meeting—which took place in the tense weeks before Jewish leaders declared independence—Lovett threatened to unleash a wave of anti-Semitism that could destroy the fledgling Jewish government’s support base in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“As the situation is now, we must have a truce [with the Arabs]. If you prevent it, it will become very tough. We will wash our hands of the whole situation and will prevent any help being given to you,” Lovett is quoted as saying in the document. “We will publish a ‘White Paper’, which is already in preparation, giving all the facts and documents.”

This White Paper, Lovett explained, “will incriminate the Arabs and the British, but not less the Jews. You cannot expect us to be attacked all the time without striking back. We would have published it already if we hadn’t been afraid of grave repercussions in the United States.”

“Anti-Semitism,” Lovett continued, “is mounting in a profound way in groups and circles which are very influential and were never touched by anti-Semitism. Such a White Paper would do great harm to the Jews in this country, and once it is published, I am not sure that outstanding Jewish leaders who are helping you today would go along with you.”

“What this document from 1948 shows is the crude threat to foment anti-Semitism unless Zionist leaders would give in to the State Department’s demands,” said Rafael Medoff, the historian who unearthed the documents while researching his newly released book, Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the ‘Jewish Vote’ and Bipartisan Support for Israel. “The State Department does have a long record of unfriendliness towards Jews and Israel.”

Medoff, the director of The David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, said the startling exchange is proof that behind public overtures of support for Israel, many government officials work to undermine the Jewish state.

“It happens again and again in the history of Israel-American relations that a prominent U.S. official publicly insisted he’s sympathetic to Israel, and then we find out later that in fact was not the case,” Medoff said, referring to, among others, President Jimmy Carter, who has built a lengthy anti-Israel resume since leaving the White House.

“In 1948, President Truman was insisting he was sympathetic to the Jews, but behind the scenes, his State Department was engaged in these kinds of threats against Jewish leaders and was lobbying fervently to stop the establishment of the State of Israel—it’s yet another example of what we were told at the time being contradicted by the history.”

Medoff said that there are clear parallels between 1948 and 2012, when, once again, the White House is working to undermine Jewish leaders.

“In 1948 they’re threatening to leak docs that could incite anti-Semitism. In 2012 they’re making comments and leaking stories to intimidate Jewish and Israeli leaders to not build apartments in Jerusalem or to strike Iranian nuclear sites,” Medoff explained. “It’s a disturbing willingness of some in Washington going back 60 years and going on today of using these tactics to intimidate Jewish leaders.”

Former Bush administration official Elliott Abrams told the Free Beacon that the documents are “striking” historical proof of the State Department’s anti-Israel prejudice.

“What is striking to me about this is how far top officials of the State Department were willing to go on their own, because they’re not speaking for Harry Truman here—they’re speaking for themselves,” said Abrams, who served as a senior National Security Council adviser to former President George W. Bush. “What’s dangerous here is that Lovett is not appealing to Goldmann about what is really in the best interest of Israel or the US—what he is doing is threatening Goldmann and to harm the position of American Jews. That, really, I think would be seen as beyond the pale today.”

On the heels of the U.S. failure to intervene in the Holocaust during World War II, the documents in question are all the more disquieting.

The diplomatic cable from 1948 also notes that the State Department believed the “Zionist leadership has made many mistakes,” and that senior U.S. leaders were not comfortable with the idea of a Jewish State.

“The administration had not abandoned partition,” the cable quotes Lovett as saying. “They still believe in it as the only final solution.”

Lovett pressured the Zionist government to accept an agreement that permits Jews to live in the area without a formal state.

The document also reveals that Lovett and Goldmann engaged in a political dance of Jewish support for Soviet Russia.

Goldmann states to Lovett that, in lieu of a brokered peace agreement, Jewish leaders would declare a sovereign Jewish state on May 16, 1948—and turn to the Communist Soviet Union for support.

If “the Soviet Union may immediately recognize—[and] the USA won’t—then the position of the Jewish state will be exactly the same with regard to the Soviet Union as the position of Transjordan is towards England,” Goldmann explained. “The USA has not recognized Transjordan. … Don’t you realize the danger in case the Jewish state, abandoned by you and Great Britain, will in despair turn to the Soviet Union for help? The Soviets would have exactly the same legal right to come to Palestine as the British have in being in Transjordan.”

“Well,” Lovett retorted, “if the Jewish people want to commit suicide, nobody can prevent them from doing so.”

He added: “Do you really think that we didn’t contemplate such a possibility? You have no high opinion of our diplomacy, but we are not as silly as that, to overlook that possibility. It will be suicide for the Jews and don’t think for a moment that we will sit quietly and see the Russians coming into Palestine, directly or indirectly–legally or illegally.”

“There are certain measures we can take, although it is not this department, but another one which will have to do it,” Lovett declared, referring to the U.S. Department of War.

Medoff insisted that these cables must be viewed in the context of current U.S. tensions with the Israeli government over Iran’s nuclear intransigence and continued settlement building in disputed areas of Jerusalem and elsewhere.

“Over the past year several top Obama administration officials have said or implied that if Israel strikes Iranian nuclear facilities, it could lead to the deaths of Americans,” Medoff explained. “These are echoes of what some in Washington tried to do in 1948: It’s an attempt again to intimidate Jewish leaders. They tried it in 1948 and now they’re trying it again.”

TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: israel

1 posted on 04/26/2012 5:00:25 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Democrats every one of them, and still the Jews support them, I must say, they really don’t appear as smart as some say.

2 posted on 04/26/2012 5:03:09 PM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.


Yes, this is the Brown Brothers Harriman Robert Lovett better known as Truman's Secretary of Defense prosecuting the Korean War.

3 posted on 04/26/2012 5:06:32 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: SJackson
The idea that there is a "Jewish conspiracy to rule the world" was not always confined to the "fever swamps." The very idea that Jews awaited a literal messianic king rather than a "spiritual messiah" has always struck some people as sinister, and many have been convinced that "Jewish control" of this or that and the birth of Israel are all connected to this. Even the US Army seems to have believed this at one time. And I believe some sectors of our government still label Israel as a "non-traditional enemy" based on Jewish messianic expectations.

This anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism was bi-partisan. Conservative heroes Pat Hurley and James V. Forrestal were adamantly anti-Zionist as were liberal heroes George C. Marshall, J. William Fulbright, and Arnold J. Toynbee. Senator McCarthy is often accused of anti-Semitism because of his support of Forrestal's anti-Communism, yet he pilloried Marshall, who shared that very position (and who has been defended by our old "friend" Pat Buchanan). McCarthy also apparently supported foreign aid to Israel and once invited Abba Eban to his Senate office.

Meanwhile, while anti-Zionism is almost a requirement for "palaeoconservatives," some of them (such as their hero Robert A. Taft) was never guilty of the virus, even as he opposed interventionism and criticized the Nuremberg Trials. Other pro-Israel palaeocons included Ezra Taft Benson and the Rev. Carl McIntire.

4 posted on 04/26/2012 5:17:19 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: SJackson; mkjessup

Self *Ping* for later reading, thanks for posting!

5 posted on 04/26/2012 5:19:45 PM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne- "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: SJackson

And this bit of news comes right on the heels of Yom Ha’atzma’ut aka Israel Independence Day which starts tonight.

6 posted on 04/26/2012 5:36:40 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: stockpirate
NONE of this story is news to anybody. What the guy is doing is dragging KNOWN antisemitic and pro-soviet elements from the immediate post WWII environment forward to the present time so he cay say "See, even Truman was an antisemite"

This is, as they say, garbage. Truman thought Israel should be re-established AND he wanted the Allies(Britain and France) to get out of their colonies and trust territories in the Middle East.

Remember, too, virtually all the state departments officers had come into power under ROOSEVELT and through selection by such delightful folks like John McCloy ~ the assistant secretary of war.

He's the guy who refused to bomb the railheads where the Nazis were collecting Jews to ship to the camps. He put together the bombing list that had Japan's ancient capital Kyoto targeted.

Guy was clearly a Soviet Agent and an antisemite.

7 posted on 04/26/2012 5:42:12 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SJackson
The State Department was and still is antisemitic. David Wyman, whose book, 'The Abandonment of the Jews,' I read pointed this out during World War II.

The institute which Mr. Medoff works is named after David Wyman.

8 posted on 04/26/2012 5:46:52 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: SJackson
“The administration had not abandoned partition,” the cable quotes Lovett as saying. “They still believe in it as the only final solution.”

So the postwar US State Department leadership was working on its own form of a "final solution". Those two loaded words appear to be quite the Freudian slip.

9 posted on 04/26/2012 6:26:02 PM PDT by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SJackson.

10 posted on 04/26/2012 6:55:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time --
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To: SJackson

He was a member of the Skull and Bones society at Yale University.

11 posted on 04/26/2012 8:55:40 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: SJackson


The satanic Marxist globalists have played all sides against the middle but are particularly hostile to the Jews.

The Rothchilds may be genetic Jews but they are certainly hostile to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to Jacob’s children.

12 posted on 04/26/2012 9:42:27 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: muawiyah

In 1949 McCloy amnestied 5000 Nazi war criminals..

13 posted on 04/27/2012 12:00:35 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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He and Sarnoff brought in virtually 100% of the Latvian SS and more than our fair share of Russian and Ukrainian doctors, et al, in the service of the SS ~ then their mothers and fathers, chillun’, their cousins, and so on ~ 5000 were amnestied and 50,000 showed up at the kitchen door.

14 posted on 04/27/2012 2:11:39 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SJackson

So where are the documents that Lovett was threatening to release?

15 posted on 04/29/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: muawiyah

It was a disgrace. They should have paid full measure for their actions..

16 posted on 04/29/2012 10:05:26 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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I know of two of them who were 'taken out' by Mossad agents in the early 1960s.

Their children, however, were innocent. In one case the wife was also murdered years later by an Iranian cross-dresser who poisoned her.

17 posted on 04/30/2012 5:16:38 AM PDT by muawiyah
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What was the cross dresser’s beef with her?

18 posted on 04/30/2012 11:15:40 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Apparently it was just a random event. The cross-dresser and some friends moved across the country slowly robbing and then murdering people. Really strange bunch.

19 posted on 04/30/2012 5:35:09 PM PDT by muawiyah
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