What's the History of US-Israel Relations?
Joined first of all from jerusalem by david makovsky distinguished fellow at the washington institute and professor in middle east studies at johns hopkins university david festival. I think when people think about this relationship now it's assumed that this full-throated barely critical support for israel is an article of faith for the united states but if we think back to the foundation of israel in nineteen forty eight was that always the case now not at all the foreign policy establishment of the united states was dead against us. Recognition of israel led by secretary of state. George marshall no foreign policy establishment viewed. Israel is getting in the way of trying to shore up arab support for america's position in the cold war which was deemed critical given the importance of the european recovery and making sure that arab oil slow to europe. So truman the president harry. Truman swearing against the tide and insisting upon immediately after the state was