Herzl - The Jewish State (1896)
08-17-2006, 09:03 AM
Herzl - The Jewish State (1896)
This is Theodor Herzl's rare booklet of historic importance The Jewish State (1896) which actually started an organized mass movement on all fronts for a new jewish state called zionism. In response to the poor situation in which most European Jews lived then and the constant antisemitic harrasment, Herzl formulated his ideas on modern political Zionism. The Jewish State was the means by which Herzl rallied world Jewry to the cause of establishing a national homeland for his people. Published in 1896, this little pamphlet ignited age-old passions among Jews the world over and began the drive for the establishment of the first Jewish State in 2000 years. By doing so, Herzl set in motion events that monopolize the world's attention today. In a logical, step-by-step process he defines how the land would be colonized, financed, and administered. Palestine and Argentina are suggested as possible sites. However, Palestine emerges clearly as the desired locale for spiritual and emotional reasons. Today, the Jewish State exists in the form of modern Israel. Born out of controversy, this state exists as a prosperous, democratic entity, in the midst of numerically superior and extremely hostile Arab states. Jews have their home, but they have to fight daily to keep them. Very little of Herzl's ideas actually ever came about to fruition and its a good thing too, otherwise Israel would probably be communist today. But noone could envision then that it would take more than just ordinary pressure to get the european jewry to relocate to a new land, thousands of miles away. Very few realized that someone had to literally force them to leave or otherwise they would never change the modern Europe for barren lands of Palestine. Today the secret agreements between zionists and nazis are fairly known as some zionist bankers poured major financial resources to put Hitler to power - all for a good cause offcourse, to get the jews to the "promised" land. Did Herzl envision such methods then? Surely not, as his purpose was exactly the opposite - to prevent persecution of the jews worldwide. The only prophetic thing in this book was his speculation that some jews would need to go through a little more suffering before they came around to the idea of a Jewish state. No one could contemplate the "Final Solution" however. Herzl's utopian-like ideas were interesting solutions to many problems the future nation of Israel would actually face. Did he do the world a favor by establishing his state? The verdict is still out. One thing is clear. The roots of the current controversy that has American soldiers fighting in Middle East can be traced back to Israel, and Israel's roots can be traced to Herzl's pamphlet. Many books are written, few really change the world and this one definetly did. Reading The Jewish State is therefore essential to understanding current events. The pure historical importance of this document makes it a must read in today's troubled world. 45 pages. A must read for everyone.
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