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Israel’s Moment: Support For And Opposition To The Founding Of The Jewish State – A Conversation With Jeffrey Herf
April 4, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The State of Israel was established in 1947–1948 when the governments of the United States, the Soviet Union and the Soviet bloc, and two-thirds of the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Zionist project. In the U.S., support for the cause of the Jewish state came from liberals and left-liberals who, like Socialists, Communists and Gaullist veterans of the Resistance in France, viewed the Zionist project as at one with the anti-fascist and anti-colonial sentiments. Opposition to establishing a Jewish state in Palestine — beyond the Arab League and the Arab Higher Committee in Palestine — came from diplomatic and military leaders in the United States and Britain. They viewed the Jewish state as a threat to the emerging policy of Cold War communist containment, a hindrance to accessing oil in the Middle East, and as a geopolitical benefit to the Soviet Union.
Join us for a conversation with historian Jeffrey Herf (University of Maryland), whose new book, Israel’s Moment: International Support for and Opposition to Establishing the Jewish State, 1945–1949, reevaluates the global history of Israeli independence.