Harry Truman went against the advice of his Secretary of State and almost his entire foreign policy team in his support of a Jewish state in 1948. The United States was the first nation to recognize the new nation of Israel, and did so within minutes of the time it declared its independence. Truman later identified himself as a modern Cyrus, the Persian king who liberated Jews to return to their land and subsidized the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.More Headlines
A suggestion that men should be allowed to 'lightly beat' their wives from an Islamic religious body was met with outrage in Pakistan.
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