With World War II, Chaim Weizmann again comes into his own, both as diplomat and scientist.
He makes a contribution to the war effort with his scientific work on synthetic rubber.
After the war, he leads diplomatic efforts on behalf of the nascent Jewish state at the United Nations and plays a key role in winning President Truman’s support for partition and the establishment of a Jewish state.
Weizmann will go on to become Israel’s first president.
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