Eisenhower's Declaration of Independence on Foreign Policy

"THE GREATER PURPOSES"

In speeches from the White House and Philadelphia's Convention Hall, President Eisenhower in the week of crisis set down this philosophy of U.S. foreign policy:

THAT ancient crossroads of the world [the Middle East] was, as we all know, an area long subject to colonial rule. This rule ended after World War II, when all countries there won full independence. Out of the Palestinian mandated territory was born the new state of Israel. These historic changes could not, however, instantly banish animosities born of the ages. Israel and her Arab neighbors soon found themselves at war with...