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The Jews Will Have to Wait

In 1942 a band of Algerian Jews risked all to help the Allies invade North Africa. Then Washington betrayed them. Thus was born modern American Middle East policy.

American troops entering Algiers in 1942 as part of the Allied invasion of North Africa known as Operation Torch. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images.

American troops entering Algiers in 1942 as part of the Allied invasion of North Africa known as Operation Torch. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images.

Essay
Oct. 9 2017
About the author

Robert Satloff is the executive director of the¬†Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the author of several books on the Middle East, including¬†Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands.


In 1942 a band of Algerian Jews risked all to help the Allies invade North Africa. Then Washington betrayed them. Thus was born modern American Middle East policy.

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