Israeli Flag at Masada
On May 14th, 69 years ago, President Truman recognized the State of Israel at 6:11 P.M. against the strident opposition of Secretary George Marshall and his State Department. The entire American delegation and staff at the United Nations in New York threatened to resign. Harry Truman essentially told them all to go to hell.
On May 15th, the first full day of Israeli Independence, the armies and air forces of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan attacked the new nation, itself armed with small weapons, a few pieces of artillery, no tanks, no personnel carriers and no airplanes.