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Moshe SharettBiography of a Political Moderate$
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Gabriel Sheffer

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.001.0001

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‘If Not Now, When?’

‘If Not Now, When?’

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(p.244) 8 ‘If Not Now, When?’
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0009

From the Zionists' vantage-point the outlook for the next round in the UN looked promising. Far from harming the Yishuv, the support of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellites — and after Shertok's visit to Belgrade, the support also of Yugoslavia — only created ‘a healthy political tension’ that forced the USA towards greater and more favourable involvement in the Palestine drama. The American media, especially the New York Times, Washington Post, Herald Tribune, and Christian Science Monitor, and several radio stations, all supported partition as the lesser evil in comparison to any federative or bi-national solution for both the USA and the Yishuv. Most of the American Jewish press adopted a similar stance. Moreover, outstanding Republican politicians, such as Thomas Dewey and Robert Taft, and Congressman Joseph Martin, added their authoritative voices to the pundits of partition. Support for partition became even more pronounced among most Democrats, who exerted pressure on President Truman to alter his equivocal position.

Keywords:   Zionists, United Nations, Yishuv, Shertok, USA, partition, Truman, Dewey, Taft

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