Israel, origins of modern conflict, FDR, Dr. Chaim Weizmann

American Minute with Bill Federer

During During World War I, Britain was ineffective manufacturing explosives, until a breakthrough in synthesizing acetone was made by Jewish chemist Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who was born NOVEMBER 27, 1874. In gratitude for Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s efforts, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917, establishing a Jewish homeland.

President Woodrow Wilson wrote to Rabbi Stephen A. Wise, 1918:

“I think all Americans will be deeply moved by the report that . . . the Weizmann commission has been able to lay the foundation of the Hebrew University at Jerusalem.”

Rabbi Stephen A. Wise described Woodrow Wilson: “He is one of the great presidents of American history.”

During World War II, millions of Jews were killed in Europe by the National Socialist Workers Party. President Franklin Roosevelt, who coined the name “United Nations,” explained the goal of protecting Jews, March 24, 1944:

“The United Nations are fighting to make a world in which tyranny and aggression cannot exist . . . In one of the blackest crimes of all history – begun by the Nazis . . . the wholesale systematic murder of the Jews of Europe goes on unabated . . . Hundreds of thousands of Jews . . . are now threatened with annihilation as Hitler’s forces descend . . . The United Nations have made it clear that they will pursue the guilty . . . All who knowingly take part in the deportation of Jews to their death . . . are equally guilty with the executioner.”

On November 11, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt complimented the Jewish Theological Seminary of America:

“A victory of the United Nations is to be a world of enduring peace . . . founded on renewed loyalty to the spiritual values . . . In cooperation with Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant scholars . . . it will in time, I trust, become an increasingly powerful instrument for enlightening men of all faiths.”

Near the end of World War II, February of 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt met at the Yalta Conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. There, just two months before he died, Roosevelt capitulated to Stalin and unfortunately allowed Europe to be divided up where millions of Eastern Europeans were sentenced to be dominated by totalitarian Communism.

On his way home from the Yalta Conference, Franklin Roosevelt met with Saudi King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud on the USS Quincy in the Suez Canal. The Saudi King slaughtered a goat on the deck for his food, and then attempted to persuade Roosevelt to abandon his plans to allow Jews, who had been persecuted by Hitler’s National Socialist Workers’ Party, from returning to their traditional homeland. Since oil had been discovered by Standard Oil Company in Saudi Arabia a few years earlier, and an Arabian American Oil Company was formed – Aramco, the Saudi King sought an oil-for-security agreement.

Shortly after the meeting, the Saudi King sent a letter to President Roosevelt, and on April 5, 1945, a physically weak President Franklin Roosevelt capitulated, promising not to recognize a Jewish State. One week later, Franklin Roosevelt was dead. The next President, Harry S Truman, immediately proceeded with plans to recognize Israel. The United Nations Charter was signed JUNE 26, 1945, by 51 member nations. With lofty goals, the name “United Nations” had a goal of protecting the Jews, with one of its first acts to recognize Israel as a nation in 1948.

The negotiator of the Middle East Armistice Agreement was Ralph Bunche, the African American diplomat for whose work he received the Nobel Peace Prize. On November 29, 1948, in support of Israel, President Harry S Truman wrote to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who was the first President of Israel:

“I remember well our conversations about the Negeb . . . I agree fully with your estimate of the importance of the area to Israel, and I deplore any attempt to take it away from Israel. I had thought that my position would have been clear to all the world, particularly in the light of the specific wording of the Democratic Party platform.”

Truman continued:

“I have interpreted my re-election as a mandate . . . to carry out . . . the plank on Israel . . . In closing, I want to tell you how happy and impressed I have been at the remarkable progress made by the new State of Israel.”

Dr. Chaim Weizmann wrote:

“I think that the God of Israel is with us.”

Self-Educated American contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.

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