Monday, May 14, 2018
Late Night Contemplation: Kansas City Connected To Fight For Israel
Far above the pay grade of this blog but still important to consider, here's a quick bit of perspective for the local late night along with insight into Kansas City's place in the world.
Take a look:
Fox4: President Truman’s declaration of Israel decades ago has special ties to Kansas City
May 14 was a historic day in Jerusalem for the second time in history as President Trump made good on his controversial campaign promise. The United States opened its new embassy in the city.
It's a move protested by Palestinians and comes 70 years after the recognition of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
President Harry Truman became the first president to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. On the anniversary of that decision, archivists at The Truman Presidential Library & Museum reflected on Truman's historic decision to recognize Israel -- and how one Kansas City man helped him reach that point.
A draft of the declaration sits in a display box at the museum with "the new Jewish state" lined out in pencil by Truman himself and replaced with "the State of Israel." It was signed and decreed three years after the end of World War II.
"He realized that this is a moral imperative, but it's also a humanitarian one," supervisory archivist Sam Rushay said. "About 6 million Jews had been killed during the holocaust. The people that remained needed homes after World War II. They didn't want to stay in Europe for obvious reasons."
Check the links . . .
Time: 'It Will Always Be Our Capital': A Day of Victory for Israel Is a Day of Rage in Gaza
Mosaic: How Harry Truman Crossed His Own State Department to Recognize Israel in 1948
New York Post: Jewish dreams of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital go back thousands of years
J Post: Newly-discovered note reveals Truman's fight for Israel recognition
Wall Street Journal: Scores Killed as Palestinians Protest U.S. Embassy Opening in Jerusalem
WaPo: Half of evangelicals support Israel because they believe it is important for fulfilling end-times prophecy
New York Times: Death in Gaza, New Embassy in Jerusalem, and Peace as Distant as Ever
You decide . . .