Monday was the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the state of Israel, and the Truman Library in Independence briefly displayed some artifacts from that time. President Truman – going against many of his key advisers – immediately granted diplomatic recognition to Israel, a move that shapes politics and diplomacy in the Middle East to this day and move for which Israeli leaders have expressed deep gratitude for decades. Seen here is the de facto recognition of Israel, with editing in Truman’s own hand. He scratched "Jewish state" and wrote in "state of Israel" to emphasize that country's secular nature. The document is in the museum’s collection but rarely displayed. Also, a bronze bust of Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president. It was made by Robert Berks, who is known for a distinctive style. Berks created the bronze bust of President John F. Kennedy that’s displayed in the grand lobby of the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. The bust of Weizmann was given to Truman at an American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science dinner in 1953. Also displayed Monday was a manuscript of “Exodus, Book iV,” by author Leon Uris – 189 typewritten, double-spaced pages with correction in ink by the author. It was given to Truman at a State of Israel Bond Organization dinner in 1960. [Jeff Fox/The Examiner]