WRITING

Graduate Thesis

My graduate thesis project is titled "Private War: Illegal Actions, Private Citizens, and the Origins of the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship."  It is an examination of the pivotal role Jewish Americans played in support of the Jewish state cause by procuring war materiel and smuggling it out of the U.S. and into Palestine/Israel.  I contend that the actions of Jewish American citizens tipped the balance in favor of the Jews of Palestine during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and forced a reluctant President Harry S. Truman to recognize the newly-formed Jewish state of Israel.

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