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A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Israel

Summary

The United States recognized Israel as an independent state on May 14, 1948, when President Harry Truman issued a statement of recognition following Israel’s proclamation of independence on the same date.

Modern Flag of Israel

Modern Flag of Israel

Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Israel, 1948.

The United States recognized Israel as an independent state on May 14, 1948, when President Harry Truman issued a statement of recognition following Israel’s proclamation of independence on the same date.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1949.

Diplomatic Relations were established when U.S. Ambassador James Grover McDonald presented his credentials on March 28, 1949.

Resources

  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Israel
  • Department of State Country Information: Israel

Resources

  • Israel in World Wide Diplomatic Archives Index