I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and The Rebirth of Israel
by Dr. Craig von Buseck
Harry Truman is one of the most unlikely people to ever serve as President of the United States—and he faced some of the most important questions ever decided in that office. One of the important decisions he faced was the fate of Jewish Holocaust survivors.
After losing 6 million to the Nazis, almost all these survivors wanted to leave Europe—and most wanted to go to Palestine.
In 1948, Truman met with revered Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann—an encounter that helped him determine where he stood on the soon-to-be birthed Jewish State.
On May 14, 1948, as the British pulled out of Palestine and five Arab nations sat on the border, ready to invade, David Ben-Gurion stood in Tel Aviv and declared the establishment of the State of Israel.
Eleven minutes after Israel became a nation at midnight, President Truman became the first world leader to recognize the new Jewish State. This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of this fateful decision.
Israel’s Chief Rabbi later met with Truman in the White House and told Truman he had been given the task once fulfilled by the mighty king of Persia, and that he too, like Cyrus, would occupy a place of honor in the annals of the Jewish people.
Soon after leaving the White House, Truman spoke at the Hebrew Theological Seminary in New York. When he is introduced by his friend Eddie Jacobson as the leader who helped create the State of Israel, Truman snapped, “What do you mean ‘helped create’? I am Cyrus!”
As Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of her rebirth, watch for the new two-volume biography on Harry Truman and the Zionist Movement from Dr. Craig von Buseck, I Am Cyrus: The Promise and I Am Cyrus: The Rebirth. Craig is the Editor of Digital Content for Inspiration.org, the website of Inspiration Ministries in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an author and a popular speaker. More from Craig at vonbuseck.com