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Description

Size: 11.4″ – 12.6″ / 29 – 32 cm (measured around the curve).

This is an amazing classical ram’s shofar.  Its natural texture is intact through the base and it’s smoothly polished at the mouthpiece, while the sound is powerful and triumphant. All of our shofars are crafted according to ancient tradition while utilizing modern methods to produce some of the highest quality shofars in Israel. Makes a wonderful gift!

Shofars may come in shades of color somewhat lighter or darker than what is pictured.

Mentioned throughout Jewish sources, the sound of the shofar was historically used at various times, including at the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Today, the shofar is used on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, when that same sound has the unique power to wake up our soul to the presence of its Infinite source, and to renew a vision of the spiritual connection we are meant to build in this world.

Price $45.00 Special Price $26.99

A clear acrylic shofar stand is available with this shofar for an additional charge.

 

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Description

Size: 24″ – 28″ / 60 – 70 cm (measured lengthwise around the curves)

This is the classic shofar that Jews in Yemen imported from Africa and blew on Rosh Hashanah for centuries, then brought with them to Israel.  Much larger and more spiraled than standard European shofars, this imposing instrument makes a lasting impression!

It features a beautiful natural finish while its sound is crisp and pure. All of our shofars are crafted according to ancient tradition while utilizing modern methods to produce some of the highest quality shofars in Israel. Makes a fantastic gift!

Shofars may come in shades of color somewhat lighter or darker than what is pictured.

Mentioned throughout Jewish sources, the sound of the shofar was historically used at various times, including at the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Today, the shofar is used on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, when that same sound has the unique power to wake up our soul to the presence of its Infinite source, and to renew a vision of the spiritual connection we are meant to build in this world.

Price: $140.00 Special Price $89.99

A clear acrylic shofar stand is available with this shofar for an additional charge.

 

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Stop BDS and Stop Destruction of Israel [audio]

Last week I had the privilege of hosting a Shomron Day Experience. We visited Mount Kabir towering over Elon Moreh and the Bibical city of Shechem and the Tirzah Valley through which the children of Israel entered the land 3500 years ago under the leadership of Joshua Bin Nun. Later we met with Avraham the Jewish Shepherd in the fields near Kfar Tapuach. I’ll be speaking about this and more on the show.

What can be done to stop the BDS and their effort to destroy Israel? On today’s show hear how Gedaliah Blum is helping thousands of small businesses in Judea and Samaria to be more effective and reach more markets in Israel and around the world.

Twitter: @No2BDS
Web: www.no2bds.org
Campaign: www.indiegogo.com/projects/no2bds-…ael/x/11467761#/

Last week we spoke with Eli Greenberg who’s home town Amona was demolished. He told how his family and all of his neighbors and now living in a school as the government is not keeping its part of the agreement the they had reached. Today we will be speaking with Aaron Lipkin about 9 more homes in the town of Ofra that have been targeted and destroyed in an ongoing effort to uproot the Jewish people from our Heartland.
Check out more information about Aaron at his site www.lipkintours.com/index.php?dir=s…03&langpage=eng

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A Hebrew in the Heartland for haivri.com Feb. 1, 2017 – Let’s Get Personal: The David Ha’ivri Inside Story

Breaking News: David Ha’ivri became a grandfather.

On today’s A Hebrew in the Heartland David Ha’ivri will take us on a tour into his personal life experiences. Be the first to hear these real life family stories from a man who lives in the Heartland of Israel.

Hear updates on the latest Shomron Day Experience that David Ha’ivri lead this past week for 60 students from US and other English speaking countries who came to see the facts of the ground in the Shomron.

Visit the Samaritain community on Mount Gerezim and visit Joseph’s Lookout Point with the amazing panoramic view of the Biblical city of Shechem that is today called Nablus by the local Arabs and the international community.

Learn why these day tours are ammunition for Israel’s strongest defense against the intellectual terrorism of BDS and their anti Israel thugs.

Today we will be joined by Rabbi Ben Packer of the Jerusalem Heritage House who will share insights on Parashat Bo the weekly Torah reading.

Be sure to share this show with your friends and send in your comments and feedback.

Featured Hebrew in the Heartland for haivri.com Feb. 1, 2017

 

What is Tisha B’Av?

On Tisha B’(the 9th day of the month of) Av, the Jewish people mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is one of the four mandatory fasts of the Jewish faith, and one of the more difficult ones, since it takes place during the heat of the summer months, starting before sundown and ending after sundown the next day. On Tisha B’Av, even pregnant women and those who have recently given birth are to fast, although they are not required to do so on the other three fast days. All are forbidden not only from eating, but also from bathing and other pleasantries that are permitted during the other fasts. The reason that the rules of mourning are so strict is that on this day, the Jewish people are remembering the greatest national catastrophe in our history. The devastation of our army, country, and the leadership of our homeland all culminated in that final tragedy, the burning of our holy Temple in our capital city, Jerusalem. The destruction of the central holy place of the nation of Israel symbolized the taking of our land and all of our dignity with it.

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/what-are-we-fasting-for/2012/07/29/

What is Purim?

Purim is a meaningful celebration for the Jewish people, when we gather to remember the events of the Mordechai and Esther story at Shushan HaBira in Persia many years ago. It was after the destruction of the first Temple that the Jewish people spread out in the diaspora throughout the kingdom of the Achashverosh, who ruled over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. His evil antisemitic minister, Haman, plotted to wipe out the entire Jewish people. In the book of Esther, we read of the miraculous chain of events and the heroism of Mordechai and Esther, who put aside their own personal safety and concerns and acted to overturn the terrible decree. Our great sages, the rabbis of the Talmud, determined that these events would be marked on the Jewish calendar as a holiday to celebrate the salvation of the Jewish people throughout the ages. Halacha, the code of Jewish law by which we learn to observe the details of the Mitzvot, requirements of our faith, lists four deeds that the holiday mandates for each Jewish individual on Purim. The four Mitzvot are: Megillah, Mishloach Manot, Matanot L’Evyonim and a Festive Meal. Megillah is the book of Esther, written on a scroll of parchment which is read twice, first after the evening prayers and then again after the morning prayers on the day of Purim. Mishloach Manot means sending food to two friends, and Matanot L’Evyonim is giving charity to two needy people. After we have fulfilled these three Mitzvot, we can sit down with our family and friends and rejoice in the fourth Mitzvah, which is a festive meal in honor of the day.

What is Aliya?

The Hebrew term “Aliya” literally means “elevation.” The term is widely used in the Jewish culture to describe being called up to recite the blessings on the Torah reading in the synagogue, as well as to describe immigration of Jewish people to the land of Israel. Each of these Aliya opportunities is considered to be a great honor. In Jewish thought, the land of Israel is considered to be higher than the lands of the other nations. The diaspora is considered a punishment – banishment from our homeland, the special land singled out from among all others in the Bible and allocated by God himself for a nation which was also singled out for a special mission: to be a light unto the nations. Some ponder the reason God Almighty would give this land, of all others, to the people that he loves so much. Could he not have picked one with at least some natural resources? The Arabs got the oil, the Africans precious stones and metals. What does the land of Israel have to offer? With that in mind, the special connection of the people of Israel with their homeland is a phenomenon which is hard to explain in rational or pragmatic terms. But the fact remains that for 2000 years, the Jewish people retained their devotion to their land in a manner unique throughout all humanity. There is no other people in history that survived an exile for so long, while retaining their national identity and yearning to return to their homeland. The Jewish people spread our in a diaspora which reached every location in the world. Three times every day, all through that time, we would turn towards the holy capital city, Jerusalem, and pray that God would have mercy on us and allow us to return to our land and rebuild our country and again live as a sovereign nation. This new blog is about Aliya and living in the land. I will use this platform to share my own experiences and enthusiasm about this wonderful historic opportunity, as well as to discuss the unique challenges in making Aliyah and some practical aspects, in hopes of encouraging other Jews to make the move and return home to Israel.

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/living-in-the-land/aliya-whats-it-all-about/2013/03/17/

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART V COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 

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“Israel continues to resemble quick-silver, that strange, liquid metal,
whose restless globules run in all directions without mingling with
anything they touch, but reunite in large masses as soon as they
meet again.”

– Pierre Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist. 1843 – 1916 AD

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“The resourcefulness of the modern Jews, both in mind and soul, is extraordinary.
(…) The Jews, however, are beyond all doubt the strongest, toughest, and purest
race at present living in Europe; they know how to succeed even under the
worst conditions (in fact better than under favorable ones) by means of virtues
of some sort – which one would like nowadays to label as vices – owing above all to
a resolute faith which does not need to be ashamed before modern idea. (…) It is
certain that the Jew, if he desired – or if they were driven to it, as the antisemites
seem to wish – could now have the ascendancy, nay, literally the supremacy, over
Europe; that they are not working or planning for that end is equally sure.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher. 1844 – 1900 AD

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“Zionism has succeeded in bringing back into the fold many men and women,
both here and in Europe, who otherwise would have been lost to Judaism. It
has given them a new interest in the synagogue and everything Jewish, and
put before them an ideal worthy of their love and sacrifice (…) Zionism is the
declaration of Jewish independence from all kinds of slavery, whether material
or spiritual.”

– Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-Jewish rabbi. 1847 – 1915 AD

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“Here we start with a pure race of unusual intellectual vigor and power, the Jews,
long thrown by circumstances into an environment which has brought out many of
their faculties in a very high degree. They are the oldest civilized race now remaining
on earth; they are artistic, musical, literary, exceptionally philosophic, and hereditarily
cultivated.”

– Grant Allen, Canadian author and novelist. 1848 – 1899 AD

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“If Zionism can be developed into a working scheme, the benefit it would
bring to the Jewish people – especially perhaps to that section of it which
most deserves our pity – would be great and lasting. It is not merely that
large numbers of them would thus find a refuge from religious and social
persecution; but that they would bear corporate responsibilities, and enjoy
corporate opportunities of a kind which, from the nature of the case, they
can never possess as citizens of any non-Jewish state.”

– Arthur James Balfour, 49th British Prime Minister. 1848 – 1930 AD

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“Zionism is a new word for a very old thing, so far as it merely expresses the
longing of the Jewish people for Zion. Since the destruction of the Second
Temple by Titus, since the dispersion of the Jews throughout the world, this
ancient people has not ceased to long fervently for a return to the lost land
of their fathers nor to entertain for it a determined hope.”

– Max Nordau, Austrian-Jewish physician, author and Zionist. 1849 – 1923 AD

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“As the Ghetto melts away under the disintegrating forces of modernity, a new
cement must be created to hold together whatever is individual in the Jew.
Nationality is the rationale and Zionism the saving policy of modern Judaism.”
Max Heller, rabbi of New Orleans. 1850 – 1929 AD

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“You are a people without a land; there is a land without a people. Be united.
Fulfill the dreams of your old poets and patriarchs. Go back, go back to the
land of Abraham.”

– John Lawson Stoddard, American writer, hymn writer and lecturer. 1850 – 1931 AD

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“The Hebrew language is the only glue which holds together our scattered bones.
It also holds together the rings in the chain of time. It binds us to those who built
pyramids, to those who shed their blood on the ramparts of Jerusalem, and to those
who, at the burning stakes, cried Shema Yisrael!”

– Yitskhok Leybush Peretz, Polish-Jewish author.  1852 – 1915 AD

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART IV COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 


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“If other national movements which have risen before our eyes were their own
justification, can it still be questioned whether the Jews have a similar right? They play
a larger part in the life of the civilized nations, and they have rendered greater service
to humanity; they have a greater past and history, a common, unmixed descent, an
indestructible vigor, an unshakable faith, and an unexampled martyrology; the peoples
have sinned against them more grievously than against any other nation. Is not that
enough to make them capable and worthy of possessing a fatherland? The struggle of
the Jews for national unity and independence as an established nation not only
possesses the inherent justification that belongs to the struggle of every oppressed
people, but it is also calculated to win the support of the people by whom we are
now unwanted. This struggle must become an irresistible factor of contemporary
international politics and destined for future greatness.”
– Leon Pinsker, Russian-Jewish physician and Zionist. 1821 – 1891 AD

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“As long as the world lasts, all who want to make progress in
righteousness will come to Israel for inspiration as to the people
who had the sense for righteousness most glowing and strongest.”

– Matthew Arnold, English poet and cultural critic. 1822 – 1888 AD

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“The idea itself is natural, fine and just. Who can challenge the rights of the
Jews in Palestine? Good Lord, historically it is really your country. What a
wonderful spectacle that will be when a people as resourceful as the Jews
will once again be an independent nation, honored and complacent, able to
make its contribution to needy humanity in the field of morals, as in the past.”
– Yousef al-Khalidi, Palestinian Arab mayor of Jerusalem. 1829 – 1907 AD

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“The Jew is that sacred being who has brought down from heaven the everlasting fire, and has
illumined with it the entire world. He is the religious source, spring, and fountain out of which all
the rest of the peoples have drawn their beliefs and their religions. The Jew is the pioneer of liberty.
Even in those olden days, when the people were divided into but two distinct classes, slaves and
masters – even so long ago had the law of Moses prohibited the practice of keeping a person in bondage for more than six years. The Jew is the pioneer of civilization. Ignorance was condemned in olden Palestine more even than it is today in civilized Europe. Moreover, in those wild and barbarous days, when neither life nor the death of anyone counted for anything at all, Rabbi Akiba did not refrain from expressing himself openly against capital punishment, a practice which is recognized today as a highly civilized way of punishment. The Jew is the emblem of civil and religious toleration. ‘Love the stranger and the sojourner’, Moses commands, ‘because you have been strangers in the land of Egypt.'”

– Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist, moral thinker and social reformer. 1831 – 1902 AD

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“What invested the Jew of all times with an economic, and in part also spiritual,
superiority over other people has been, first, his thrift and temperance, cultivated
by his religious law and moral code; second, his actually boundless attachment to
and care of his wife and children; and third, his capacity and desire for learning,
which stands out even more significantly and irresistibly among the poor than
among the rich.”

– Dr. Isaac Rülf, rabbi of Memel in East Prussia. 1831 – 1902 AD

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“If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one per cent of the human
race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star-dust lost in the blaze of the Milky
Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always
been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his
commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his
bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art,
music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to
the weakness of his numbers.”

Mark Twain, American author. 1835 – 1910 AD

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“We Gentiles owe our life to Israel. It is Israel who has brought us the message
that God is one, and that God is a just and righteous God, and demands
righteousness of his children. It is Israel that has brought us the message that
God is our Father. It is Israel who, in bringing us the divine law, has laid the
foundation of liberty. It is Israel who had the first free institutions the world
ever saw. When our own unchristian prejudices flame out against the Jewish
people, let us remember that all that we have and all that we are we owe,
under God, to what Judaism has given us.”

– Lyman Abbott, American theologian, editor and author. 1835 – 1922 AD

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“Why shall not the powers which under the treaty of Berlin, in 1878, gave Bulgaria to the Bulgarians and Serbia
to the Serbians now give Palestine back to the Jews?…These provinces, as well as Romania, Montenegro, and
Greece, were wrested from the Turks and given to their natural owners. Does not Palestine as rightfully belong
to the Jews? (…) The general law of dereliction does not apply to the Jews in regard to Palestine, for they never
abandoned the land. They made no treaty; they did not even surrender. They simply succumbed, after the most
desperate conflict, to the overwhelming power of the Romans. (…)
According to God’s distribution of nations,
Palestine is their home – an inalienable possession from which they were expelled by force… Let us now restore
them to the land of which they were so cruelly despoiled by our Roman ancestors.”

– William Eugene Blackstone, American evangelist and Christian Zionist. 1841 – 1935 AD

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART III COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 


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“One of the most important points in the faith of the Church is
the gathering of Israel, that happy time when God will turn to
them a pure language, and the earth will be filled with sacred
knowledge as the waters cover the great deep.”

– Joseph Smith, American Mormon prophet. 1805 – 1844 AD

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“Judaism is not a mere adjunct to life: it comprises all of life. To be a Jew is not a mere
part, it is the sum total of our task in life. To be a Jew in the synagogue and the kitchen,
in the field and the warehouse, in the office and the pulpit… with the needle and the
graving-tool, with the pen and the chisel – that is what it means to be a Jew. (…) Judaism
is an untouchable sanctuary which must not be subjected to human judgment nor
subordinated to human considerations.”
– Samson Raphael Hirsch, German-Jewish chief rabbi of Moravia. 1808 – 1888 AD

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“Restoring persecuted Jews to their national home in Palestine is a noble
dream and one shared by many Americans. My chiropodist is a Jew who
has so many times put me upon my feet, that I would have no objection
to giving his countrymen a leg up.”

– Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President. 1809 – 1865 AD

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“Judaism (…) is not a temporary passing, it is a human ancient good,
which reached its full value within a particularly qualified tribe, carries
continuous force within itself and must strive for its extension over the
whole of humanity. (…) We shall not abandon the name of ‘Jews’, which,
though much reviled, has been linked with the purest knowledge of God,
the noblest freedom of the spirit and refinement of morals.”

– Abraham Geiger, German-Jewish Reform rabbi. 1810 – 1874 AD

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“Judaism is not a passive religion, but an active life factor which has coalesced
with the national consciousness into one organic whole. It is primarily the
expression of a nationality whose history for thousands of years coincides with
the history of the development of a humanity and the Jews are a nation which,
having once acted as the leaven of the social world, is destined to be resurrected
with the rest of civilized nations.”

– Moses Hess, German-Jewish philosopher and socialist. 1812 – 1875 AD

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In an unexpected and deeply shameful manner, the racial hatred and
fanaticism of the Middle Ages is being rekindled in various places and
directed against our fellow Jewish citizens. What is being forgotten
here is that many of them have bestowed benefit and honor upon the
fatherland through their industry and talent in commerce and trade, in
the arts and sciences.”

– Theodor Mommsen, German historian and author. 1817 – 1903 AD

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“Why not give Palestine back to [the Jews] again? According to God’s
distribution of nations it is their home, an inalienable possession from which
they were expelled by force. Under their cultivation it was a remarkably fruitful
land, sustaining millions of Israelites, who industriously tilled its hillsides and valleys.
They were agriculturalists and producers as well as a nation of great commercial
importance – the centre of civilization and religion.”

– George Eliot, English writer, novelist and journalist. 1819 – 1880 AD

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“So many Jews on such a day! And how cheerfully and colorfully
they are clothed! Now I still see that with so much pleasure. The
Jewish finery on the shabbat has always attracted me more than
the cold, barren reformedness.”

– Eduard Douwes Dekker (Multatuli), Dutch writer and anti-colonialist. 1820 – 1887 AD

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“No nation has been able to establish itself, as a nation in Palestine up to this
day, no national union and no national spirit have prevailed there. The motley,
impoverished tribes which have occupied it have held it as mere tenants at will,
temporary landowners, evidently waiting for those entitled to the permanent
possession of the soil.”

– John William Dawson, Canadian geologist and anthropologist. 1820 – 1899 AD

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART II COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 

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I insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men that any other nation (…) They are the most glorious
nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews.
They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more
happily than any other nation, ancient or modern. (…) Farther I could find it in my heart to wish that you [Mordecai Manuel Noah] had been at the head of a hundred thousand Israelites… and marching with them into Judea and
making a conquest of that country and restoring your nation to the dominion of it. For I really wish the Jews again
in Judea an independent nation.”

– John Adams, 2nd American President. 1735 – 1826 AD 


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“What it did 5000 years ago, the Jewish people is still doing. Up to 17 times it has
witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem but nothing can keep it from facing toward
Zion. (…) These legitimate masters of Judea are being seen as slaves and strangers
in their own country. (…) The Persians, Greeks and Romans disappeared off the
surface of the earth and a tiny people that preceded these great civilizations still
exists, without mixture, in the ruins of its fatherland.”

– François-René de Chateaubriand, French writer, politician and historian. 1768 – 1848 AD

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“Arise then, with gladness, ye exiled! A war unexampled in the annals of history, waged
in self-defense by a nation whose hereditary lands were regarded by its enemies as
plunder to be divided, arbitrarily and at their convenience, by a stroke of the pen of
Cabinets, avenges its own shame and the shame of the remotest nations, long forgotten
under the yoke of slavery, and also, the almost two-thousand-year-old ignominy put upon
you; and, while time and circumstances would seem to be least favourable to a restatement
of your claims or even to their expression, and indeed to be compelling their complete
abandonment, it offers to you at this very time, and contrary to all expectations, Israel’s
patrimony! The young army with which Providence has sent me hither, led by justice and
accompanied by victory, has made Jerusalem my head-quarters and will, within a few days,
transfer them to Damascus, a proximity which is no longer terrifying to David’s city. Rightful
heirs of Palestine!”

– Napoleon Bonaparte, 1st French Emperor. 1769 – 1821 AD

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“I should be truly rejoiced to see in Palestine a strong guard of Jews established in flourishing
agricultural settlements and ready to hold their own upon the mountains of Israel against all
aggressors. I can wish for nothing more glorious in this life than to have my share in helping
them do so.”

– George Gawler, English Lieutenant-Colonel and 2nd governor of South Australia. 1795 – 1869 AD

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“I see now that the Greeks were merely handsome striplings. The Jews,
however, have always been men, strenuous and full of power, not only
at that time, but even at the present day, in spite of eighteen hundred
years of persecution and misery. (…) If every kind of pride of birth were
not a foolish contradiction in a champion of revolution and its democratic
principles, the writer of these pages might be proud that his ancestors
belonged to the noble House of Israel, that he is a descendant of those
martyrs who have given to the world one God and a moral law, and have
fought and suffered in all the battle-fields of thought.”

– Heinrich Heine, German-Jewish philosopher. 1797 – 1856 AD

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“In the infancy of civilization, when our island was as savage as New Guinea, when
letters and arts were still unknown to Athens, when scarcely a thatched roofed
hut stood on what was afterwards the site of Rome, this contemned people had
their fenced cities and cedar palaces, their splendid Temple, their fleets of
merchant ships, their schools of sacred learning, their great statesmen and
soldiers, their natural philosophers, their historians and their poets.”

– Thomas B. Macaulay, English historian and politician. 1800 – 1859 AD

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“Greater Syria is a country without a nation in need of a nation without a country… is there such a thing?
To be sure there is: the ancient and rightful lords of the soil, the Jews! These vast and fertile regions will
soon be without a ruler, without a known and acknowledged power to claim dominion. The territory must
be assigned to some one or other… There is a country without a nation; and God now in his wisdom and
mercy, directs us to a nation without a country.”

– Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philanthropist. 1801 – 1885 AD

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“Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the Right Honourable
gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were
priests in the temple of Solomon.”

– Benjamin Disraeli, 40th British Prime Minister. 1804 – 1881 AD

What does Baal Teshuva mean?

“Baal Teshuva” is a Hebrew expression that refers to an individual who has become enhanced his or her observance of Torah. The literal translation of the term is “the possessor of the answer.” Commonly, this term is used to describe someone who was non-observant and had a life changing transition to an orthodox lifestyle. But it could also be used in reference to someone who made even a minor step to improve their ways. That could be considered ‘making’ Teshuva or ‘Oseh Teshuva’ in Hebrew. This could also be called ‘getting stronger’ – ‘Mitchazek’. A recent Israeli TV drama series, ‘Mikimi’, is based on the true life story of an Israeli TV personality who became observant.

What is Judea and Samaria?

Judea and Samaria – or Yehuda v’Shomron, in Hebrew – make up the heartland area of Israel to the south and north of Jerusalem. These regions were under Jordanian occupation from 1948 until 1967. While under Jordanian control, the region was dubbed “the West Bank” (referring to the west bank of the Jordan River), and many in the international community continue to use that terminology. For Israelis, it continues to be known by its Biblical and historical designation, Yehuda v’Shomron. In the Six Day War of June 1967, the Israeli army (IDF) liberated these areas, along with eastern Jerusalem. During the same war, Sinai was taken from Egypt and the Golan Heights from Syria. In the early 1980s, the government of Israel extended Israeli law over all parts of Jerusalem and the Golan. But up until now, the government has refrained from declaring Judea and Samaria to be officially part of the state of Israel, and continues to negotiate its standing with the PLO. While the area has been under Israeli control for the past 47 years, many Jewish communities have grown and developed in Judea and Samaria. According to official counts, there are today some 750,000 thousand Israelis who live in over 200 towns in Judea and Samaria, and in eastern Jerusalem. The Biblical significance of this area cannot be understated, as many, many important Biblical events in the lives of the fathers and mothers of the nation of Israel occurred in the cities of this region. Road number 60 on the modern map of Israel is actually the highway of the Bible (also known as the Road of the Patriarchs) and connects the Biblical locations of Shechem, Shiloh, Beit El (Bethel), Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron and Beer Sheva, among others.

The Ever-Elusive Peace by Yonina Pritzker By Jonina Pritzker

As pressure to reach a peace agreement mounts, strong voices urge Israel to relinquish land that has borne the name and history of the Jewish people for four millennia. The sources of conflict between Israel and her Arab neighbors are obscured by fabricated terms such as “occupation” and “apartheid,” and even by valid considerations such as “strategic depth” and “secure borders.” Security is indeed critical to Israel, as it is for any nation, but it does not begin to convey the deep connection the Jewish people have to the Land of Israel, where they have lived continuously since ancient times, nor does it adequately represent the undeniable rights the Jewish people have to that land.

Chaim Weizman, the first President of Israel, was once asked, “Why don’t you just accept the offer to establish a Jewish State in Uganda?” He answered, “That’s like me asking why you drove 50 miles to see your mother when there are so many other nice old ladies so much closer to your home.”

The Land of Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish people. By any criteria, whether by the Biblical Mandate, the historical connection, or through international law, the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, and it is unjust to demand that the Jewish people relinquish their homeland.

The Jewish nation lived and worshipped as a free and sovereign nation in the Land of Israel, from the time Joshua re-entered the land with the Israelites, until the Babylonians destroyed the holy Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE.  Seventy years later, the Jews rebuilt this Temple, which then stood for centuries until the Romans destroyed it in the year 70 CE.The Temple Mount in the holy city of Jerusalem remains the holiest place within Judaism, and unto this day, every Jew turns towards the Temple Mount to pray.

Throughout the centuries, many conquerors tried to incorporate the Land of Israel into their own empires: the Babylonian empire, Persian and Greco-Assyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab Caliphates, Turkish, Crusader, Ayyubid, Mameluke, and Ottoman.

But despite these attempts, Israel remained the country of the Jewish people, and Jerusalem has served as the capital of only one nation: the Jewish nation.

Through every banishment and forced exile, the Jewish people continually looked to their ancient homeland, prayed to return to their land, included the mention of Israel and Jerusalem in daily prayers, and imbued each life-cycle gathering and festival celebration with the yearning for Shivat Tzion, for a return to the land of their ancestors.

Wherever a Jew was, his heart was always in Jerusalem. When he sat by the waters of Babylon, he wept as he remembered Zion. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its cunning. May my tongue cleave to its palate… if I put not Jerusalem above my highest joy (Psalm 137). From Spain in the 12th century, Yehuda HaLevi cried “Libi B’Mizrach, Va’Ani b’sof ha’Ma’arav;” “My heart is in the east, though I am at the ends of the west.”

In the modern era, in the aftermath of World War I, the Principal Allied Powers, who were invested with the international authority to supervise the breakup of the former Ottoman Empire, met in San Remo, Italy, to discuss the borders of the new countries to be formed in the region, from the many peoples that had been part of the Ottoman Empire.

The San Remo Conference produced a series of mandates. Jan Christiaan Smuts introduced the Mandates System whereby a developed country would tutor and guide a not-yet-developed country down the path to statehood. Great Britain was tasked with supervising the Mandate for Palestine and the Mandate for Mesopotamia, while France was responsible for the Mandate for Syria. Ultimately, not only Israel, but Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan were all established out of what had been provinces of the Ottoman Empire.

There in San Remo, Italy, in April of 1920, this international forum passed the San Remo Resolution, and thereby, acknowledged the ancient and historic connection between the Land of Israel and the Jewish people, and declared their goal to “reconstitute the ancient Jewish state within its historic borders.”

For the Jewish homeland, they allocated all the land that is between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, as well as, the land that currently comprises the country of Jordan, along with the Golan Heights, and Gaza. They allocated these regions of the former Ottoman Empire for the Jewish homeland in recognition of the fact that these were the areas where the Jewish people lived, where the history of the Jewish nation took place, and where the prophets of Israel delivered their message.

Hebron was the first capital of Israel, burial place of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of Israel; Bethlehem is the city where the Matriarch Rachel is buried, where Ruth gave birth to the line of the Davidic monarchy; Shechem was the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel; Shiloh, the city of Priests, housed the holy Tabernacle before it was brought to Jerusalem. We read of Joshua in Jericho, Amos in Tekoa, Jeremiah in Anatot, and Jacob in Beit El. These regions of Shomron (Samaria) and Yehuda (Judea) constitute the Jewish spiritual heartland which is steeped in Jewish history dating back to Biblical times.

The San Remo Resolution and the Mandate for Palestine, as well as the Franco-British Boundary Convention of 1920, established international law which affirmed the Jewish right to settle the entire area that was designated as the Mandate for Palestine, just as San Remo and the Mandates System, which was enshrined in the Covenant of the League of Nations, affirmed the Arabs of their right to settle their respective countries. In fact, the Mandate for Palestine was synonymous with a Jewish National Home, as this was the land that was identified specifically for the Jewish people to reestablish an independent, sovereign state.

This exact linkage between the Jewish National Home and the newly developed Mandate for Palestine was further highlighted by the Arab rejection of the notion of “Palestine,” as Arab leader Abd al-Mahdi said in 1937 before the Peel Commission:

“There is no such land. Palestine is a term invented by the Zionists.”

These sentiments are echoed by P.L.O. founder Ahmed Shukari, in 1956, who, as the Arab League’s ambassador at the UN said, “such a creature as Palestine does not exist at all.”

This rejection continued in the 1977 interview with PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, recorded in the Dutch newspaper Trouw. There he said,

“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity…Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism for tactical reasons.”

Hafez al-Assa of Syria concurred when, in 1987, he said, “A country named ‘Palestine’ has never existed.”

The word “mandate” means trust. As stated in Article 6 of the Mandate, the British were tasked with assuring the “close settlement of the Jews on the land.” This was in keeping with a unanimous vote of the League of Nations which wanted to restore the Jewish people to their native land, thereby correcting the historical injustice of forced exile. The British, charged with this responsibility to serve as steward and trustee to bring forth a Jewish National Homeland, affirmed the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel, stating unequivocally that the Jewish nation was in this land “as of right and not on sufferance. That is the reason why it is necessary that the existence of a Jewish National Home in Palestine should be internationally guaranteed, and that it should be formally recognized to rest upon ancient historic connection.”

The British, nonetheless, went on to violate their obligations under these binding acts of international law by giving 77% of the lands allocated exclusively for the Jewish homeland, to create the Arab country of Jordan, or Transjordan, as it was initially called. The British gave away these areas that were steeped in Jewish history, areas where the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Menasheh had made their homes, thereby leaving only the land that was between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River for the Jewish National Homeland. The Jewish right to settle anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea remains enshrined in international law to this day.

Additional attempts to wrest the Jewish homeland away from the Jewish people have continued throughout the decades since San Remo. And we are seeing the current rendition today, as once again, pressure is being brought to bear on the Jewish nation to forfeit its legacy in order to appease those who reject her right to exist.

The Peel Commission advanced another such attempt. In 1937, it proposed a partition of the 23% of remaining Mandate land, after the British withheld 77% of the Mandate to create Transjordan. The Arabs rejected the proposal of the Peel Commission, just as they would reject every proposal that included a Jewish state within any borders. Instead, the Arab Bludan Conference, in September of 1937, proposed a boycott of “all Jewish goods and activities,” a tactic often used to criminalize the Jewish presence in the region. It is a tactic that is being utilized against the State of Israel again today.

The Partition Plan was yet another attempt to wrest away from the Jewish people additional portions of the Jewish homeland. Ironically, this November 29, 1947, vote of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Resolution 181 which, similar to the Peel Commission, tried to partition the remaining 23% of the land allocated for the Jewish homeland, has often, erroneously been viewed as the legal basis for the modern State of Israel. In fact, this Partition Resolution, which reserved for the Jewish State only 17% of the original Mandate, in illegal abrogation of Jewish rights to this land, was true to its name: it was yet one more attempt to subdivide the Land of Israel in order to appease those who have repeatedly rejected the right to sovereignty and self-determination for the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland.

The San Remo Conference along with various treaties following World War I succeeded in establishing independent countries sought by the Arab nationalists: the country of Iraq gained full independence in 1932, the country of Lebanon was established in 1943, and the country of Syria attained their independence in 1946. Nonetheless, when the modern State of Israel similarly exercised its sovereign right and formally declared statehood in 1948, the Arab armies of Egypt, Lebanon, Transjordan, Syria, and Iraq immediately attacked the nascent state. Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League announced: “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be a momentous massacre in history…”

Then, in 1949, when the Armistice Demarcation Lines were drawn, this line, which is commonly called “The Green Line,” and which many today attempt to reinvent and claim as borders – namely, so called “’67 borders” – was rejected vehemently by Syria, Jordan, and Egypt as delineating any type of border. The Armistice agreement with Egypt stated,

“The Armistice Demarcation Line is not to be construed in any sense as a political or territorial boundary…”

The Armistice agreement with Jordan included the following statement:

“The provisions of this article shall not be interpreted as prejudicing, in any sense, an ultimate political settlement between the Parties to this Agreement. The Armistice Demarcation Lines defined in Articles v and vi of this Agreement are agreed upon by the Parties without prejudice to future territorial settlements or boundary lines or to claims of either Party relating thereto.”

And Syria was adamant that there be no misunderstanding, stating,

“It is emphasized that the following arrangements for the Armistice Demarcation Line between the Israeli and Syrian armed forces and for the Demilitarized Zone are not to be interpreted as having any relation whatsoever to ultimate territorial arrangements affecting the two Parties to this Agreement.”

These agreements were emphatic in ensuring that the Armistice line would not be considered a formal boundary, once again, rejecting a Jewish state within any borders.

Whether by further subdivision of the land, or through boycotts to criminalize the Jewish State, these tactics stem from the ongoing and absolute rejection of the Jewish people’s right to sovereignty and self-determination in their ancestral homeland. And while much attention is focused on the years of 1948 and 1967 as the lynchpins for strife in the region, in fact, attempts to rid the land of the Jewish people, as well as, violent attacks on Jews, were as clear before these dates as they were after these dates.

There was the Hebron massacre of 1929, when Arabs slaughtered their Jewish neighbors who had resided in Hebron for, literally, thousands of years. There was no “Green Line” at this time; there was no modern State of Israel at this time.

In 1938, in Tiberius, terrorists went from house to house killing parents and children. Again, there was no “Green Line,” no Jewish State.

In 1954, in Scorpion’s Pass (Maale Akrabim), 11 men and women were murdered as their omnibus travelling from Eilat to Beersheba was attacked. This was long before the 6 Day War of 1967.

In 1956, in Shafrir, terrorists fired on a synagogue full of children and teenagers.

In 1972, Israeli Olympic athletes were killed in Munich, Germany.

In 1974, schoolchildren on a field trip from Tzfat were executed in Ma’alot in northern Israel:

(Israeli General) Gur said later that he could see the girl students being shot one by one. Israeli officers said that they found ten girls dead, each with a bullet in the neck. Time’s David Halevy was among the first to enter. “Gray smoke enveloped the school,” he reported…I raced up to the second floor. A group of dead kids were lying in a corner. Their bodies were clustered in grotesque positions — as if they had died trying to protect one another. One girl was lying on her back, her eyes wide open, staring at the ceiling. Her body was cut in half at the waist. Most of the injured seemed to be girls. That was the shocking thing. They were beautiful girls with ugly wounds on their faces. Their clothes had been shredded, and there were open wounds on their breasts and legs. The movement of stretchers seemed endless.” The carnage, once the shooting ended, included 17 teen-agers dead and 70 wounded. (Time Magazine; Monday, May. 27, 1974).

Year after year, there have been terrorist incidents, too numerous to mention here.

The message has been consistent: it is the absolute rejection of the right of the Jewish people

to security, to self-determination, and to peace.

The right of the Jewish people to live in their historic homeland of Israel was rejected before 1948, and after the reestablishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948; before 1967, and after 1967, when, besieged by hostile Arab armies, Israel recovered those lands that had been internationally mandated and guaranteed to the Jewish people at San Remo; and this basic right is still being denied today.

In fact, after the war in 1967, Israel attempted to make peace with her neighbors. But, similar to every previous rejection of a Jewish state within any borders, the Arabs rejected Israel’s desire to negotiate peace, and instead, issued the “The Three No’s” of Khartoum, namely, no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israelandno negotiations with Israel. This resolution prompted Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban to declare, “This is the first war in history which has ended with the victors suing for peace and the vanquished calling for unconditional surrender.”

Had the neighboring countries and peoples ever offered Israel any kind of reciprocity, any acknowledgement of the rights of the Jewish nation to a sovereign state in her ancestral homeland; any recognition that the Jews, like the Arabs, were entitled to self–determination in their own homeland carved out of the vanquished Ottoman Empire; had they welcomed, or at least, tolerated, the Jewish people’s right to their sliver of the Middle East, the right to one Jewish state amidst 21 Arab states – there would be peace.

It is unjust that the same international law that upholds the rights of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq was abrogated regarding the Jewish National Homeland, and is repeatedly violated in each new attempt to separate the Jewish people from the Land of Israel. It is unjust that Jews do not have free access to the lands allocated and guaranteed to the Jewish people, lands where our tribes lived on the eastern banks of the Jordan River. It is unjust to demand that the Jewish people relinquish any more of their homeland. It is the legacy of our ancestors and the heritage of our children.

Legally, spiritually, and historically, the Jewish people have always had the sovereign right to the Land of Israel, despite the dogmatic march that tries to conceal that fact and demand that they relinquish it. It is unconscionable that good and fair-minded people would bring such pressure to bear on a sovereign nation whose only desire is to live in her ancestral homeland in peace.

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART VI COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 

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The Jews embarrass the world as they have done things which are beyond the imaginable. They have become moral strangers since the day their forefather, Abraham, introduced the world to high ethical standards and to the fear of Heaven. They brought the world the Ten Commandments, which many nations prefer to defy. They violated the rules of history by staying alive, totally at odds with common sense and historical evidence. They outlived all their former enemies, including vast empires such as the Romans and the Greeks. (…) They built living monuments such as the duty to be holy and the privilege to serve one’s fellow men. They had their hands in every human progressive endeavor, whether in science, medicine, psychology or any other discipline, while totally out of proportion to their actual numbers. They gave the world the Bible and even their ‘savior’. (…) The study of history of Europe during the past centuries teaches us one uniform lesson: That the nations which received and in any way dealt fairly and mercifully with the Jew have prospered; and that the nations that have tortured and oppressed them have written out their own curse.” 
Olive Schreiner, South African author and intellectual. 1855 – 1920 AD

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“Throughout the Diaspora the news spreads that there are true Jewish farmers in
the Holy Land – true farmers, who with their own hands plough and sow and reap,
and true Jews, sterling men, who at eventide, when they come home from the fields,
read and study, nor do they drink to excess. Jewish farmers in an age of complete
emancipation! A rare, almost incredible phenomenon in the lands of the Diaspora! Is it
remarkable, then, that a number of prominent Jews journey from their homes in the
various countries of the Exile and go to Palestine to witness the wonder with their own
eyes? And when they see this and more that has been accomplished by the Palestinian
Jews, their hearts swell with deep love for the land of their fathers and for their brethren
there, who by their normal, healthy life are glorifying the name of Israel in the sight of the
other nations.”

Ahad Ha’am, Ukrainian-Jewish essayist and Zionist. 1856 – 1927 AD

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“The blue stripes above and below the Magen David remind us of the Tallit.
When we see the Israeli flag, we remember the faith and the prayers of the
many generations of Jews who longed for the return to their homeland.”

– David Wolffsohn, Lithuanian-Jewish businessman and Zionist. 1856 – 1914 AD

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“We have listened to the unfolding of a wonderful dream. The great quality
of the Jews is that they have been able to dream through all the long and
dreary centuries; and mankind has credited them with another quality, the
power to realize their dreams. The task ahead of them is to make this Zionist
ideal a living fact.”

– Louis Brandeis, American-Jewish lawyer and Zionist. 1856 – 1941 AD

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We have come to our homeland in order to be planted in our natural soil from which
we have been uprooted. To strike our roots deep into its life-giving substance, and to
stretch out our branches in the sustaining and creating air and sunlight of our homeland.
(…) As we now come to re-establish our path among the ways of living nations of the
earth, we must make sure that we find the right path. We must create a new people, a
human people whose attitude toward other peoples is informed with the sense of human
brotherhood and whose attitude toward nature and all within it is inspired by noble urges
of life-loving creativity.

– Aaron David Gordon, Ukrainian-Jewish Zionist. 1856 – 1922 AD

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“If we wish that the name Israel be not extinguished, then we are in duty bound
to create something which may serve as a center for our entire people, like the
heart in an organism, from which the blood will stream into all the arteries of
the national body and fill it with life.”
– Eliezer ben Yehuda, Lithuanian Jew and Father of Modern Hebrew. 1858 – 1922 AD

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“Does a Jew realize what lies in these few simple words – ‘a piece of earth, a corner that is our own’?
Does a Jew feel how necessary and how advantageous it is for each and every one of us, and for the
whole community, for us all? Does a Jew ever think what we would have looked like among the nations
of the world if we had a piece of land somewhere, our own small corner – that we would be no longer
paupers, wandering Gypsies, outcast and unwanted! (…)We must see to it that this idea should be the
ideal of the entire people. We must see to it that our wives and sisters should understand it, so that our
children will be brought up under our national flag, so that our children should be Jewish children, who
will not be ashamed of their people.”

– Sholem Aleichem, Ukrainian-Jewish author, playwright, Yiddishist and Zionist. 1859 – 1916 AD

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“The Jews who will it shall achieve their State. We shall live at last
as free men on our own soil, and in our own homes peacefully die.
The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth,
magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there for our
own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all
mankind.”
– Theodor Herzl, Austrian Jew and father of modern Zionism.
1860 – 1904 AD

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“We were thoroughly imbued with the history of your race in the days of its greatest
glory, when it founded that great literature which will echo to the very last days of this
old world, influencing, moulding, fashioning human character, inspiring and sustaining
human motive, for not only Jews, but Gentiles as well. We absorbed it and made it part
of the best in the Gentile character.”

– David Lloyd George, Welshman and 53rd Prime Minister. 1863 – 1945 AD

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“Palestine has but a small population of Arabs and fellahin and wandering, lawless,
blackmailing Bedouin tribes. (…) Restore the country without a people to the people
without a country. For we have something to give as well as to get. We can sweep
away the blackmailer—be he Pasha or Bedouin—we can make the wilderness blossom
as the rose, and build up in the heart of the world a civilisation that may be a mediator
and interpreter between the East and the West.”

– Israel Zangwill, English-Jewish humorist, writer and Zionist. 1864 – 1926 AD

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“It is impossible for one who has studied at all the services of the
Hebrew people to avoid the faith that they will one day be restored
to their historic national home and there enter on a new and yet
greater phase of their contribution to the advance of humanity.”
Warren Harding, 29th American President. 1865– 1923 AD

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“Jews all over the world are united by a mutual bond of common origin and historical
past. They therefore constitute a national entity. (…) Experience has shown that civic
emancipation has fallen short of securing the social and cultural future of the Jewish
people. The final solution of the Jewish question lies therefore in the establishment of
the Jewish State. Only a state of their own will be able to represent the Jews within
the framework of international law and provide a refuge for those individuals who are
unwilling or unable to remain in their countries of domicile. The state ought to be
founded legally and its natural place is the Land of Israel, sanctified by Jewish history.”

– Max I. Bodenheimer, German-Jewish lawyer and Zionist. 1865 – 1940 AD

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“Zionism was not merely a political movement by secular Jews. It was actually a tool of God to
promote His divine scheme and to initiate the return of the Jews to their homeland – the land
He promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God wants the children of Israel to return to their
home in order to establish a Jewish sovereign state in which Jews could live according to the
laws of Torah and Halakha and commit the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel (these are religious
commandments which can be performed only in the land of Israel). Moreover, to cultivate the
land of Israel was a Mitzvah by itself and it should be carried out. Therefore, settling Israel is an
obligation of the religious Jews and helping Zionism is actually following God’s will.”

– Abraham Isaac Kook, Latvian-Jewish Zionist and Ashkenazi chief rabbi. 1865 – 1935 AD

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“Although their state was destroyed, the Jewish race itself has survived, and so
has its national spirit. (…) I wish to assure you of my sympathy for this [Zionist]
movement, which is one of the greatest movements of the present time. All lovers
of democracy cannot help but support wholeheartedly and welcome with enthusiasm
the movement to restore your wonderful and historic nation, which has contributed
so much to the civilizations of the world and which rightfully deserves an honorable
place in the family of nations.”

– Sun Yat-sen, 1st Chinese President (ROC). 1866 – 1925 AD

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“True and wholesome assimilation can only take place where the Jewish
soul is free, and the Jewish soul can be free only in its own soil.”
– Max Leopold Margolis, Lithuanian-American philologist. 1866 – 1932 AD

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“The pearl of Zion has become a dunghill, one of the poorest cities, where filth would reach dozens
of feet in the air at some locations. The land flowing with milk and honey, had become a desert under
the centuries-long Turkish domination, but in the course of not even half a century much has changed.
Trees have been planted in order to prevent the washing away of the earth, and in order to absorb the
water in the swampy areas of the Jezreel valley. And there, where a lack of water is present, wells are
drilled for irrigation. Incredible effort has been put into turning Palestine into the land of promise and
future. Areas where the soil is so barren and brackish that a sheep or goat can’t feed itself, have been
transformed into thriving plantations and farmlands through irrigation and modern agrotechnics. Yet
the agriculture takes up only a fifth of the Jewish population, the remainder works in the commerce or
the industry. While not a single factory could be found in Palestine roughly a quarter of a century ago,
we now witness flourishing diamond, leather and textile factories.”

– Johannes de Heer, Dutch evangelist. 1866 – 1961 AD

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“To pave a united road for all the Jews who are being forced to migrate – for the poor driven
by need for refined Jews stung by insults, and for romantic old religious Jews who bewail the
deterioration of the people and the destruction of the Temple; to give a rational purpose to
all those who feel the pain of the Exile; and to raise their individual protest to the level of a
general moral resistance aimed at the rebuilding of Jewish life – that is the purpose of Zionism,
a movement inevitably born of Jewish sufferings which has encompassed all segments of Jewry.
Zionism is a real phenomenon of Jewish life. It has its roots in the economic and social positions
of the Jews, in their moral protest, in the idealistic striving to give a better content to their
miserable life. It is borne by the active, creative forces of Jewish life.”

– Nachman Syrkin, Belorussian-Jewish founder of Labour Zionism. 1868 – 1924 AD

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“I am interested in the work of the Zionist Organization in Palestine. (…) I
think the organization is doing good work. I was particularly interested in
the thoroughly scientific manner in which farm instruction and organization
is being carried on, and further observed with pleasure, the keen interest of
the young Hebrew men, from all parts of Europe, to become farmers.“

– Sir James Parr, New Zealand lawyer and politician. 1869 – 1941 AD

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“Great as are the changes wrought by this war, the great world war of justice and
freedom, I doubt whether any of these changes surpass in interest the liberation
of Palestine and its recognition as the Home of Israel.”

– Jan Christiaan Smuts, South-African military leader, politician and philosopher. 1870 – 1950 AD

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“A certain number of immigrants, mostly Jews, are arriving at the ports, and they are
finding employment in the building of roads and in the redemption of land previously
derelict. Their presence is thus not only no detriment to the interests of the existing
population but of direct advantage to them – by increasing the resources and prosperity
of the country. It is one illustration of the fact that the process of the establishment of
the Jewish National Home will benefit and not injure, the non-Jewish population.”

– Herbert Samuel, English-Jewish politician and diplomat. 1870 – 1963 AD

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“That dark, leaden cloud which hung over your spirit, weakening and disheartening, is quickly dissipated by
the clear sun of Eretz Yisroel. Only now that I am in Eretz Yisroel and my soul feels secure about the future,
do I begin to understand how many heavy stones weighed upon my heart in the Goluth. (…) Eretz Yisroel is
the chief concern, the centre of all things. (…) People and land have come together, and the meeting of the
long-parted twins has been as spontaneous and impetuous as the attraction of chemical affinities. (…) In Eretz
Yisroel all Judaism will find its redemption. (…) Jewish sunniness and Jewish joy will find their redemption. The
source of dejection is weakness; the source of happiness is strength. Now we shall become strong, and our life
will become one great joy. How much energy shall now flow into us! For the greatest part of it used to go to
waste in erecting ghetto- walls. (…) Now all this energy will be released to build up new Tel-Avivs, to plant
orange groves, develop Jewish industries, and found Jewish universities.”

– Solomon “Yehoash” Bloomgarden, Lithuanian-Jewish poet and Yiddishist. 1870 – 1927 AD

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“The Jews themselves, of whom a considerable number were
already scattered throughout the colonies, were true to the
teachings of their prophets. The Jewish faith is predominantly
the faith of liberty.”
– Calvin Coolidge, 30th American President. 1872 – 1933 AD

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“I am a Jew… that is a fact. You are not insulting me when
you remind me that I belong to a Jewish race, that race I
have never denied, and I have only feelings of gratitude and
pride towards it.”

– Léon Blum, French Jew and 128th French Prime Minister. 1872 – 1950 AD

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“Such heroic efforts, such a struggle with the soil, with the climate, with the hostilities of the
Bedouines, with their own poverty stand out in the history of the pioneers of the eighties. (…)
The Jewish laborer in Palestine, with his heroism, his earnest striving, his community spirit and
his efficiency, is probably the most magnificent among the neo-Jewish types, with which the
Jewish renaissance movement has enriched Jewry. (…) Therefore Zionism may not continue to
be seen as just ‘one’ of the parties of Jewry. The time of destiny which the Jewish people is
now experiencing demands the lively participation of all Jewry in its work, aware that it is the
expression of their will to live.”

– Adolf Böhm, Austrian-Jewish philosopher, writer and Zionist. 1873 – 1941 AD

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“The survival of the Jews, their resistance to destruction, their endurance under
absolutely peculiar conditions and the fateful role played by them in history: all
these point to the particular and mysterious foundations of their destiny. (…) And
if we search for revelation in history, we will find it, more compelling than anywhere
else, in the history of that unusual people, our ancestors. For almost two thousand
years Jews remained a distinctive nation without any of the usual prerequisites of
nationhood. They had no land, no sovereignty, no power, no overarching political
structures, not even a shared culture. They were scattered over the face of the earth
and almost everywhere they were a minority. For the most part, they refused active
efforts to convert them and resisted the passive pull of assimilation. No other people
kept its identity intact for so long in such circumstances.”

– Nikolai Berdyaev, Russian religious and political philosopher. 1874 – 1948 AD

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“In ancient times this little country of ours bore the banner of spiritual
revolt against the tyranny and violence which raged around us. (…) If
the laws of modern nations are concerned mainly with limiting the
powers of the monarch, this devolves from the ancient regime of the
Jewish nation. (…) Our nation once gave the entire world the spiritual
message which became the foundation of human society. (…) After
having participated in the great spiritual struggles of mankind, after
having dedicated ourselves and shed our blood for the liberation of
other nations, we have won the right to strive for our own national
self-expression, and to make our contribution to the spiritual treasury
of the whole world as a free and equal nation.”

– Chaim Weizmann, Belarusian Jew and 1st Israeli President. 1874 – 1952 AD

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“The Zionist ideal thrilled me by its loftiness. I admired in these Jews, and wished I
could have admired in myself, this fidelity to the ancestral soil which had endured
two thousand years; and I was  thrilled by the vision of the exodus which would
take many of them back from their various places of exile to their regained unity.”

– Edmond Flegenheimer, French-Jewish writer, thinker, essayist and playwright. 1874 – 1963 AD

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“Some people like Jews and some do not; but no thoughtful man can doubt
the fact that they are beyond all question the most formidable and the most
remarkable race which has ever appeared in the world. (…) We owe to the
Jews a system of ethics which, even if entirely separated from the supernatural,
would be incomparably the most precious possession of mankind, worth in fact
the fruits of all wisdom and learning put together. (…) 
It is manifestly right that
the scattered Jews should have a national center and a national home and be
reunited, and where else but in Palestine, with which for 3,000 years they have
been intimately and profoundly associated?”

Winston Churchill, 61st British Prime Minister. 1874 – 1965 AD

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“Palestine which, desolate for centuries, is now renewing its
youth and vitality through enthusiasm, hard work, and
self-sacrifice of the Jewish pioneers who toil there in a spirit
of peace and social justice.”

Herbert Hoover, 31st American President. 1874 – 1964 AD

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“When the Jews were conquered by a mighty enemy, more than 2,000 years ago, and their
land was desolated, with the greater part of them driven into captivity and made refugees,
only a small helpless and impoverished minority remaining, their prophets still had confidence
in the future. History often tells of nations like the Jews who appear to have been destroyed,
but whose soul is still alive and free because it is united by great heritage of ideals.”

– Cyril Garbett, Englishman and 100th Archbishop of York. 1875 – 1955 AD

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“Those good Jews who came to Arab Muslims with peace and civilization,
and spread on the land of Palestine gold and positive well-being, have [left]
no sign of harm on anyone and did not take anything by force.”

– Ali Sulayman al-Assad, Syrian Alawite. 1875 – 1963 AD

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“We do not consider the Jewish people as an enemy whose wish is to crush us.
On the contrary. We consider the Jews as a brotherly people sharing our joys
and troubles and helping us in the construction of our common country. We are
certain that without Jewish immigration and financial assistance there will be no
future development of our country as may be judged from the fact that the
towns inhabited in part by Jews such as Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa, and Tiberias
are making steady progress while Nablus, Acre, and Nazareth where no Jews
reside are steadily declining.”

– Hasan Bey Shukri, Turk and 2nd mayor of Haifa. 1876 – 1940 AD

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“In contrast with the pitiful Arab villages, with their huts of baked clay, the Jewish colonies, with their wide streets,
their strong stone houses and their red-tiled roofs, look like veritable oases of culture. The Jewish colonists have also
contributed a great deal to the technical improvement of Palestinian agriculture. They have been particularly active in
plantation work – oranges, almonds and olives. The best proof of this success is to be found in the fact that the
German colonists of Sarona employ Jewish workers in order to start plantations, and pay them at the high rate of five
or six francs a day. In grain farming the Germans are in advance of the Jews, but the Jews have been pioneers in the
starting of plantations; they were the first to resort to deep well boring, and it is they who have brought the orange
culture of the country to its present high level.There is a lively spiritual activity in the colonies, and Jewish self
consciousness finds
much stronger expression here than in the cities. Hebrew is rapidly gaining ground as the
language of daily use. In the 
streets one hears the children speaking only Hebrew; it is from the colonies that the
language thrusts its way into the 
cities, where it is already playing an important role.”
– Arthur Ruppin, German-Jewish sociologist and Zionist. 1876 – 1943 AD

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“You ancient people! You wonderful people! Just see how strong your blood is
even in the worst of you, and how it will rise up again despite your will… How I
love you people of sorrow! How strong your heart is and how young it has
remained! No you shall not go under in the confusion of alien peoples. In being
different lies all your beauty, all happiness and joy of earth remain your own…
How I love you people of all peoples, how I bless you!”

– Paula Buber (Georg Munk), German writer. 1877 – 1958 AD

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“In the first place I regard the position of the Jews in the world mosaic of nations as most
unsatisfactory. That a great people like the Jews should not have a house of their own is a
monstrous injustice. They must not only have a home but it must be their own where they
can exercise sovereign rights. Secondly, a contented prosperous Jewish people in Palestine
would lend great strength to the British Empire in the Middle East.”

– Richard Meinertzhagen, English officer, spy, ornithologist and Zionist. 1878 – 1967 AD

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Long before the emergence of Hitler I made the cause of Zionism mine because through it I saw
a means of correcting a flagrant wrong (…) The Jewish people alone has for centuries been in the
anomalous position of being victimized and hounded as a people, though bereft of all the rights and
protections which even the smallest people normally has… Zionism offered the means of ending this discrimination. Through the return to the land to which they were bound by close historic ties, Jews
sought to abolish their pariah status among peoples. Can Jewish need, no matter how acute, be met
without the infringement of the vital rights of others? My answer is in the affirmative. One of the most
extraordinary features of the Jewish rebuilding of Palestine is that the influx of Jewish pioneers has
resulted not in the displacement and impoverishment of the local Arab population, but in its
phenomenal increase and greater prosperity.”

– Albert Einstein, German Jewish physicist. 1879 – 1955 AD

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“The Jews of different countries have created their press and developed
the Yiddish language as an instrument adapted to modern culture. One
must therefore reckon with the fact that the Jewish nation will maintain
itself for an entire epoch to come. We must bear in mind that the
Jewish people will exist a long time. The nation cannot normally exist
without common territory. Zionism springs from this very idea.”

Leon Trotsky, Russian-Jewish Marxist revolutionary and theorist. 1879 – 1940 AD

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 “The Jews are a nation and want to be treated as a nation. (…) The vast
majority of the Jews feel national. The entire young and middle generation
passionately affirm their nationhood and the thought of denying their Jewish
nationhood never crossed the Eastern European Jews’
minds, even if they
haven’t managed to activate it politically. (…) In an era, in which all nations
speak up for their own rights, the Jews must do the same thing. They may
no longer speculate on foreign help, build upon foreign mercy and seek their
salvation by hiding. This beginning is foolish, useless and stimulates and
encourages the antagonists. The Jews will only achieve their rights if they
demand it as a nation.”

– Robert Stricker, Austrian-Jewish politician and Zionist. 1879 – 1944 AD

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“It is clearly nonsense to claim – whether in praise or in condemnation –
that everything of importance in the German theatre was created by the
Jews. But it is true that in the last hundred years of German theatre nothing
of any significance occurred without the energetic and positive involvement
of Jews as creative personalities, thinkers and productive agents.”

– Julius Bab, German-Jewish dramatist. 1880 – 1955 AD

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“Who were the first to teach us to always interfere in matters that are not ours, to judge people
and nations, even though we were never chosen for the position of judge? The work of the
publicist is a legacy from the Prophets of Israel. (…) Cities have been destroyed, and more will fall,
but what was shouted in the wilderness thousands of years ago is alive and still relevant.”

 – Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Ukrainian-Jewish  author, poet, soldier and Zionist. 1880 – 1940 AD

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“For hundreds of years the Jewish masses have blindly searched for a way that will
return them to nature, to the soil. At last we have found it. Zionism is the way.
Zionism is the logical, natural consequence of the economic revolution that has been
going on within Jewish life for the past few hundred years. Even in the Galut, our
people have been striving to turn to more ‘natural’ and more productive occupations,
but this radical change cannot come to its full fruition in the hostile atmosphere of the
Galut. Zionism is the only movement capable of introducing reason, order, and
discipline into Jewish life. Zionism is the only answer to the economic and historic need
of the Jewish people.”

– Ber Borochov, Ukrainian-Jewish Marxist Zionist. 1881 – 1917 AD

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“A miracle: where Jewish sowers tread, the withered land resumed its thriving business. Free
from foreign grace and disgrace, new life vibrates through its beaten body. (…) For only the land
of our holy past, will be the land of our safe future. Forever commemorated in sobbing prayers,
never forgotten in floating pain. (…) Powerless we are, powerless we shall remain, for as long as
we don’t return to our own lands. Exiled of the twenty centuries: you will be driven, if you do not
return, to doom and disgrace by haters.”

– Jacob Israël de Haan, Dutch-Jewish writer, poet and former Zionist. 1881 – 1924 AD

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“The American people, ever zealous in the cause of human freedom, have watched
with sympathetic interest the effort of the Jews to renew in Palestine the ties of
their ancient homeland and to reestablish Jewish culture in the place where for
centuries it flourished and whence it was carried to the far corners of the world.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the keystone
of contemporary reconstruction activities in the Jewish homeland. Those two
decades have witnessed a remarkable exemplification of the vitality and vision of
the Jewish pioneers in Palestine. It should be a source of pride to Jewish citizens
of the United States that they, too, have had a share in this great work of revival
and restoration.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd American President. 1882 – 1945 AD

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“Jewish song voices the spirit and the history of a people who for three thousand years has been fighting
bitterly but hopefully for its existence, scattered in thousands of small groups among the millions having
diverse tongues, cultures and creeds. Its history has shown Jewish music always to be a genuine echo of
Jewish religion, ethics, history, of the inner life of the Jews and of their external vicissitudes.(…) Jewish music
is the song of Judaism through the lips of the Jew. It is the tonal expression of Jewish life and development
over a period of more than two thousand years.”

– Abraham Zevi Idelsohn, Latvian-Jewish ethnologist, musicologist and composer. 1882 – 1938 AD



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“I am glad to note that the overwhelming majority of the leading nations in
the world have recognised the claim of the Jewish people to establish an
independent Jewish state in Palestine and should have promised armed
assistance to see it realised. After centuries of sufferings, sacrifices and
struggle the Jews will soon recover their national Home in Palestine which
has undoubtedly been their fatherland. (…) Even a tiny state like Israel has
sensibly started developing fish field and sand fruits and because of that they
are able to meet the needs of the countless immigrants who would have
otherwise half-starved. The Jews are a brave and intelligent people. And
although their state looks like a child before our great state of Bharat we must
emulate its example.”

– Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian revolutionary and politician. 1883 – 1966 AD

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“To be a Jew is to be strong with a strength that has outlived
persecutions. It is to be wise against ignorance, honest against piracy,
harmless against evil, kind against cruelty.”

– Phyllis Bottome, English novelist. 1884 – 1963 AD

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“We will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home. I look
forward, and my people with me look forward, to a future in
which we will help you and you will help us, so that the
countries in which we are mutually interested may once again
take their places in the community of the civilised peoples of the
world.”

– King Faisal I of Iraq. 1885 – 1933 AD

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“The real miracle of Palestine is the Jew who masters the labor of
orchard and garden, field and vineyard, quarry and harbor, water
and power, factory and craft, highway and byway. That sort of Jew
the Diaspora never made.”
– David Ben-Gurion, Polish Jew and 1st Israeli Prime Minister. 1886 – 1973 AD

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“The Jewish experiment [in Palestine] is a conscious effort, on the part of the least European people in Europe, to make head against the drift of the ages, and return once more to the Orient from which they came. (…)The colonists will take back with them to the land which they occupied for some centuries before the Christian era samples of all the knowledge and technique of Europe. They propose to settle down amongst the existing Arabic-speaking population of the country, a people of kindred origin, but far different social condition. They hope to adjust their mode of life to the climate of Palestine, and by the exercise of their skill and capital to make it as highly organized as a European state. (…)The success of their scheme will involve inevitably the raising of the present Arab population to their own material level (…) and the consequences might be of the highest importance for the future of the Arab world. It might well prove a source of technical supply rendering them independent of industrial Europe, and in that case the new confederation might become a formidable element of world power. (…) Speaking entirely as a non-Jew, I look on the Jews as the natural importers of Western leaven so necessary for countries of the Near East. (…) The sooner the Jews farm [Palestine] all the better: Their colonies are bright spots in a desert.”
– T. E. Lawrence, Welsh officer, archeologist, spy and writer. 1888 – 1935 AD

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“I have faith in Jewish nationalism and in harmony and good will between Jews
and China. (…) China has the greatest regard for the Jews and sympathizes with
their aims and aspirations. Zionism aims to emancipate your oppressed and weak
nation which had struggled for two millennia for independence. I hope that  the
Jewish national status would be a recognized fact in the not distant future, and I
want to assure you that China would readily join hands and create a Sino-Judean
entente cordiale.”

– Quo Tai-chi, Chinese diplomat. 1888 – 1952 AD


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“We Jews strive to redeem ourselves from our state of ‘untouchability’. We seek
bread, work, freedom and human dignity… Zionism is not only a movement for
the hungry and persecuted. It draws to itself increasing numbers of courageous
Jews even in those countries which are free from brutal anti-Semitism and where
Jews are not stigmatized as ‘unclean’. (…) In recent history, Zionism is the first
instance of colonization free from imperialist ambition or the desire to rule any
part of the population.”

– Hayim Greenberg, Bessarabian-Jewish thinker and Zionist. 1889 – 1953 AD

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“Our forces saved the remnant of the Jewish people of Europe
for a new life and a new hope in the reborn land of Israel. Along
with all men of good will, I salute the young state and wish it well.”

– Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th American President. 1890 – 1969 AD

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“Jewry fulfills its contemporary assignment to reestablish the provisional by
being the best critic, the funniest satirist, the most radical communist, the
most competent journalist, the most hilarious literary improvisor, glossator,
frondeur, a master of aperçu.”

– Willy Haas, Austrian-Jewish publicist and screenwriter. 1891 – 1973 AD

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“We, the Jewish people, can defend our honor by a moral act. We remember all those
who have been stigmatized as Jews. The world reminds us that we are of them, that
we are Jews. And we answer: Yes, it is our pride and glory that we are!”

– Robert Weltsch, Austrian-Jewish journalist, editor and Zionist. 1891 – 1982 AD

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“Since the destruction of our independence by the Romans, we have never ceased to live in
that country for any length of time. There have been considerable Jewish colonies there, and
the Jewish spirit has brought forth unique fruit. In this way, the country was always not only
Arab but also Jewish, not as a historic right, but in the living present. But what draws us to
Palestine (…) is our love for this country, a love which in history surely continues to have an
effect, as well as the needs of our time. Although the country is now Arab, this does not at all
imply that it is the exclusive property of the nation. No nation has the right to a country in such
an exclusive sense. The country belongs to those who make it so fertile through the strength of
their minds and their hands that they can make their their living there. Palestine, a region of
approximately 27,000 km is too large for its present population of 700,000. It is very thinly
populated; there is no industry that could support a large number of workers; agriculture is
primitive; and wide expanses have not been reclaimed. That is why Palestine needs massive
immigration so that it can achieve its potential for humanity and the world economy.”

– Hans Kohn, Austrian-Jewish philosopher, historian and Zionist. 1891 – 1971 AD


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“You trace your roots to Abraham, Jewish nation, o nation once both powerful and grand. You
staunchly tilled your fields for generations, year in, year out you labored on the land. You were
a youthful and a cheerful people, while dwelling in your native, cultivated fields. (…) O Jews,
you’re slaves to all the nations, pariahs among all the tribes. (…) Return now to Jerusalem, your
native country, where you knew blessed rapture in your youth. Behold again the pastures you
abandoned, in barren furrows wield the rusty plow. And maybe there beneath the olive branches,
you’ll finally rest from years of fret and woe. And if you must die soon, then do not perish here, in
these foreign fields, far from your roots. But there, where dawn was radient and lavish; where you
knew blessed rapture in your mouth.”

– Ilya Grigorevich Ehrenburg, Russian-Jewish writer and journalist. 1891 – 1967 AD

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“Is there another way, another goal other than the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine? There is
still Palestine and the Jewish right to it. There is still a Jewish way. (…) For the Jewish people to receive their
own home in Palestine, safeguarded by public law, is the only possible solution of the Jewish question. (…)
Only his own Jewish state can save the Jew. Such a state is necessary for the
self-consciousness. (…)
Whoever wishes to hit the Jew, but can’t, discovers that he shall have to aim his weapons at the Jewish
state. (…) Without possession of such a strategic base in the world in order for us to defend ourselves we
are defenseless. (…) Without Israel every Jew is an uncovered check.”

– Abel Herzberg, Dutch-Jewish lawyer, writer, poet and Zionist. 1893 – 1989 AD


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“The Land of Israel will be small, but the people of Israel will make it great. Not
in opulence, but in eminence will their destiny be fulfilled, and the elixir of their
pride will be distilled not out of dominion or far-flung borders, but out of the
faithful and skillful building of the good society.”

– Abba Hillel Silver, American rabbi. 1893 – 1963 AD

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“The Chinese could learn much from the stateless Jews. Although
the Jews do not have their own nation and are discriminated against
by other peoples, they struggle heroically to restore their homeland,
and they never lost hope.”

– Yu Songhua, Chinese journalist. 1893 – 1947 AD

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“As for Jews being a chosen people, I never quite accepted that. It seemed, and still
seems to me, more reasonable to believe, not that God chose the Jews, but that the
Jews were the first people that chose God, the first people in history to have done
something truly revolutionary, and it was that choice that made them unique.”

– Golda Meir, Ukrainian Jew and 4th Israeli Prime Minister. 1898 – 1978 AD

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“Finally, in 1948-49, the dream which some thought dead, became a reality, in the
form of the State of Israel – the independent, sovereign State of Israel. Even then I
never thought it would be possible for me to be here, to put my feet on the sacred
soil of this country. (…) When you came here, this place was a desert with rocks all
over, but you removed them. You brought soil from far away, and what was once
a desert, you turned into a fertile field in which you grow many different kinds of
crops which are said to be grown only in the tropics like in our Malawi.”

– Hastings
Banda, 1st Malawian President and Prime Minister. 1898 – 1997 AD


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“Our survey of three and a half millennia of Jewish history is closed.
But the story which we have set ourselves to tell is unending. Today,
the Jewish people has in it still those elements of strength and
endurance which enabled it to surmount all the crises of its past,
surviving thus the most powerful empires of antiquity.”

– Cecil Roth, English-Jewish historian. 1899 – 1970 AD

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“The nations of the world cannot deliberately condemn to extermination
a hard-working, honest community, which has established a culture of its
own in the land of its fathers, and which is inspired by a deep and indomitable
national spirit. (…) The creation of a Jewish State is a reparation owed by
humanity to an innocent and defenceless people which has suffered humiliation,
and martyrdom for two thousand years.”

– Jorge Garcia Granados, Guatemalan diplomat. 1900 – 1961 AD

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“I see Jewries at ease and secure in the various lands of their residence, devoted citizens
of these lands, and at the same time the bearers and the transmitters of a living Hebraism,
significant to them and to the world. And I see in Palestine a Jewish Commonwealth where
the homeless Jews of the world shall have found rest; where the Jewish spirit shall have been
reborn; whence shall flow to the Jewries of the Dispersion inspiration and the stuffs on which
it feeds.

– Milton Steinberg, American rabbi, philosopher, theologian and author. 1903 – 1950 AD

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“We have followed with pride the great constructive work of the Jewish community
in Palestine, for we know that a major part of this community consists of Jews who
came from Poland and once were citizens of the Polish Republic. (…) We know that
a large proportion of the Jewish people consider Palestine as their national home, where
they wish to establish their own national life. In view of our own close historic association
with the Jewish people, we cannot help sympathizing with these aspirations. (…) The
reestablishment of a Jewish state more than two thousand years after its extinction is
a fact of such historic import that it should receive worldwide attention. My delegation
and my government welcome it, and are fully conscious of the great historic significance
of the act.”

– Oskar R. Lange, Polish economist and diplomat. 1904 – 1965 AD

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“The Jewish people is a covenanted people, the originator of
monotheism, formulator of the prophetic teachings, standard
bearer of human culture, guardian of glorious patrimony. The
Jewish people is schooled in self-sacrifice and suffering; its
vision, survivability and faith in redemption are indestructible.”

– Avraham Stern, Polish-Jewish leader of the militant group Lehi. 1906 – 1942 AD

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“My countrymen greatly admire the progress made by your people.
You have met and mastered monumental problems of economic
survival. You have shown all the world how to use science and
technology to improve man’s life on the planet. Today, Israel is a
vital, prosperous land, a symbol of the courage and the strength
of her people.”

– Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th American President. 1908 – 1973 AD

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“The Jewish people had been closely linked with Palestine
for a considerable period in history. As a result of the war,
the Jews as a people have suffered more than any other
people. The total number of the Jewish population who
perished at the hands of the Nazi executioners is estimated
at approximately six million. The Jewish people were
therefore striving to create a state of their own, and it
would be unjust to deny them that right.”

– Andrei Gromyko, Soviet foreign minister. 1909 – 1989 AD

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“For three thousand years, Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish hope and
longing. No other city has played such a dominant role in the history, culture,
religion and
consciousness of a people as has Jerusalem in the life of Jewry and
Judaism. Throughout centuries of exile, Jerusalem remained alive in the hearts
of Jews everywhere as the focal point of Jewish history, the symbol of ancient
glory, spiritual fulfillment and modern renewal. This heart and soul of the Jewish
people engenders the thought that if you want one simple word to symbolize all
of Jewish history, that word would be ‘Jerusalem.’ “

– Teddy Kollek, Hungarian Jew and 7th Israeli mayor of Jerusalem. 1911 – 2007 AD

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“In Israel, free men and women are every day demonstrating the power
of courage and faith. Back in 1948 when Israel was founded, pundits
claimed the new country could never survive. Today, no one questions
that. Israel is a land of stability and democracy in a region of tyranny
and unrest.”

– Ronald Reagan, 40th American President. 1911 – 2004 AD

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“Every Jew has a spark in his soul from the light of God above that illuminates his way
during difficult times. And when it seems to him that he is lost and that there is no way
out, the spark flares and lights his way. This is the little jug of oil that is revealed in time
to save the Jew in times of despair and to light up his life in desperate times.”

– Sholom Noach Berezovsky, Belarusian-Jewish Slonimer Rebbe. 1911 – 2000 AD

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Let the world know that we were granted our right to exist by the God of our
fathers at the glimmer of the dawn of human civilization 4,000 years ago. The
Jewish people have a historic, eternal and inalienable right to the whole of the
land of our forefathers. And for that right, which has been sanctified in Jewish
blood from generation to generation, we have paid a price unprecedented in
the annals of nations.”

– Menachem Begin, Belarusian Jew and 6th Israeli Prime Minister. 1913 – 1992 AD

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“Americans and Israelis have both been inspired by moral aims. Indeed,
my commitment to the security and to the future of Israel is based upon
basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest. Our role in supporting
Israel honors our own heritage.”

– Gerald Ford, 38th American President. 1913 – 2006 AD

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“This morning, the Israel Defense Forces liberated Jerusalem. We have united Jerusalem,
the divided capital of Israel. We have returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to
part from it again. To our Arab neighbors we extend, also at this hour—and with added
emphasis at this hour – our hand in peace. And to our Christian and Muslim fellow citizens,
we solemnly promise full religious freedom and rights. We did not come to Jerusalem for
the sake of other peoples’ holy places, and not to interfere with the adherents of other
faiths, but in order to safeguard its entirety, and to live there together with others, in unity.

– Moshe Dayan, Jewish-Israeli Lieutenant General and politician. 1915 – 1981 AD


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“Zionism is nothing more – but also nothing less – than the Jewish people’s
sense of origin and destination in the land linked eternally with its name. It is
also the instrument whereby the Jewish nation seeks an authentic fulfillment
of itself.”

– Abba Eban, South African-Jewish / Israeli politician, historian and writer. 1915 – 2002 AD

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“Yes, the French nation is the friend of the Israeli nation. Still marked by the memory of the dark
years and the cruel trials of the Jewish communities, the French people as a whole vibrated at the
establishment of the State of Israel. The Holocaust is in its mind inseparable from your rebirth. [The
French people] has not stopped since then to admire the work that has also been the sign of your
vitality, of your faith in the future. Now, Israel lives and we, France, refuse now, more than ever, to
spare our efforts to ensure that [your] right of existence is universally and unequivocally accepted
and, therefore, to ensure that at the same time [your] right to hold the means of [your] very
existence is recognized. I say, for the sake of balance, that we owe France, Europe, Western
civilization, which we claim as our own and which we formed, to the wide track of the Jewish people
through three millennia.”

– François Mitterrand, 21st French President. 1916 – 1996 AD

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“Israel was not created in order to disappear—Israel will endure and flourish. It is
the child of hope and home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor
demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the
sword of freedom.”
John F. Kennedy, 35th American President. 1917 – 1963 AD

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“This is the story of a people which was scattered over all the world and yet remained
a single family; a nation which time and again was doomed to destruction and yet,
out of ruins, rose to new life.”

– Abba Kovner, Lithuanian-Jewish poet, writer and partisan leader. 1918 – 1987 AD

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“Zionism is the modern expression of the ancient Jewish heritage. Zionism is the
national liberation movement of a people exiled from its historic homeland and
dispersed among the nations of the world. Zionism is the redemption of an ancient
nation from a tragic lot and the redemption of a land neglected for centuries. Zionism
is the revival of an ancient language and culture, in which the vision of a universal
peace has been a central theme. Zionism is the embodiment of a unique pioneering
spirit, of the dignity of labor, and of enduring human values. Zionism is creating a
society, however, imperfect it may still be, which tries to implement the highest ideal of
democracy — political, social and cultural — for all the inhabitants of Israel, irrespective
of religious belief, race or sex. Zionism is, in sum, the constant and unrelenting effort to
realize the national and universal vision of the prophets of Israel.”

– Yigal Allon, Jewish-Israeli politician and general in the IDF. 1918 – 1980 AD

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“King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel almost three thousand years ago,
and Jerusalem has remained the capital ever since. During the centuries the term
‘Zion’ grew and expanded to mean the whole of Israel. The Israelites in exile could
not forget Zion. While praying to his God every Jew, wherever he is in the world,
faces towards Jerusalem. For over two thousand years of exile these prayers have
expressed the yearning of the Jewish people to return to their ancient homeland,
Israel. Zionism is the name of the national movement of the Jewish people and is
the modern expression of the ancient Jewish heritage. The re-establishment of
Jewish independence in Israel, after centuries of struggle to overcome foreign
conquest and exile, is a vindication of the fundamental concepts of the equality
of nations and of self-determination. To question the Jewish people’s right to
national existence and freedom is not only to deny to the Jewish people the right
accorded to every other people on this globe, but it is also to deny the central
precepts of the United Nations.”

– Chaim Herzog, Irish Jew and 6th Israeli President. 1918 – 1997 AD

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“There is a striking point that runs through Jewish history as a whole.
Western civilization was born in the Middle East, and the Jews were at
its crossroads. In the heyday of Rome, the Jews were close to the
Empire’s center. When power shifted eastward, the Jewish center was
in Babylon; when it skipped to Spain, there again were the Jews. When
in the Middle Ages the center of civilization moved into Central Europe,
the Jews were waiting for it in Germany and Poland. The rise of the
United States to the leading world power found Judaism focused there.
And now, today, when the pendulum seems to be swinging back toward
the Old World and the East rises to renewed importance, there again are
the Jews in Israel…”

– Huston Smith, American professor of religious studies. 1919 AD

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“The dream of my life has risen to become fact. Self-defense in the ghetto will
have been a reality. Jewish armed resistance and revenge are facts. I have
been a witness to the magnificent, heroic fighting of Jewish men in battle.”

– Mordechai Anielewicz, leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. 1919 – 1943 AD

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“All those who are deeply concerned with the fulfillment of the Word of G-d and His
commandments should make every effort to make their home in Israel, especially in
these days when assimilation raises its ugly head in the Diaspora and when there are
all the means of obtaining a decent livelihood. Now, it is a paramount duty to make
the ‘land of our fathers’ the ‘land of our descendants’.”

– Ovadia Yosef, Iraqi Jew and Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel. 1920 – 2013 AD

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“Here, in the land of Israel, we returned and built a nation. Here, in the land of
Israel, we established a state. The land of the prophets, which bequeathed to
the world the values of morality, law and justice, was, after two thousand
years, restored to its lawful owners – the members of the Jewish people. On its
land, we have built an exceptional national home and state.”
Yitzhak Rabin, Palestinian Jew and 5th Israeli Prime Minister. 1922 – 1995 AD

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“I identify with everything in life as a Jew. The Jewish contribution over
the centuries to literature, art, science, theater, music, philosophy, the
humanities, public policy, and the field of philantropy awes me and fills
me with pride and inspiration.”

– Norman Lear, American-Jewish television writer and producer. 1922 AD


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“In Israel, a land lacking in natural resources, we learned to appreciate our
greatest national advantage: our minds. Through creativity and innovation, we
transformed barren deserts into flourishing fields and pioneered new frontiers
in science and technology.”
Shimon Peres, Polish Jew and 9th Israeli President. 1923 AD

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“For more than 40 years, the United States and Israel have enjoyed a friendship
built on mutual respect and commitment to democratic principles. Our continuing
search for peace in the Middle East begins with a recognition that the ties uniting
our two countries can never be broken. Zionism is the idea that led to the creation
of a home for the Jewish people. And to equate Zionism with the intolerable sin of
racism is to twist history and forget the terrible plight of Jews in World War II and
indeed throughout history.”

– George H. W. Bush, 41st American President. 1924 AD

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“The peoples of Turkey and Israel know very well that freedom and security go hand in
hand. We hold dear the most sacred of all rights – the right to live. (…) The Turks of Jewish
origin living in Turkey are today a rich part of the social and cultural mosaic of the nation,
they are an integral part of our community.”

– Süleyman Demirel, 9th Turkish President and 12th Turkish Prime Minister. 1924 AD

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“Israel is the largest, most battle-tested and cost-effective US aircraft
carrier, which does not require a single US personnel, cannot be sunk
and is located at a most critical area for US national security interests.”

– Alexander Meigs Haig, Irish-American general. 1924 – 2010 AD

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“We are conscious both of Israel’s democratic traditions and of your amazing achievements
which have won our admiration. You have fulfilled the promise of a homeland for the Jewish
people, built by your own toil and efforts following the sympathy and support which existed
and matured in Europe, America and elsewhere during this century. On behalf of the European
Community, I pay tribute to your successes, and recognize the sacrifices which you have made,
and continue to make, in order to preserve our ideals.”

– Henry Plumb of Coleshill, English politician and 19th European President. 1925 AD

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“As a people, our monuments never commemorate victories. They
commemorate the names of the fallen. We don’t need the Arc de
Triomphe; we have Masada, Tel-Hai, and the Warsaw Ghetto – where
the battle was lost, but the war of Jewish existence was won.”
David Elazar, 9th Chief of Staff of the IDF. 1925   1976 AD

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“Certainly, the world without the Jews would have been a radically different
place. Humanity might have eventually stumbled upon all the Jewish insights.
But we cannot be sure. All the great conceptual discoveries of the human
intellect seem obvious and inescapable once they had been revealed, but it
requires a special genius to formulate them for the first time. The Jews had
this gift. To them we owe the idea of equality before the law, both divine and
human; of the sanctity of life and the dignity of human person; of the individual
conscience and so a personal redemption; of collective conscience and so of
social responsibility; of peace as an abstract ideal and love as the foundation of
justice, and many other items which constitute the basic moral furniture of the
human mind. Without Jews it might have been a much emptier place.”

– Paul Johnson, English author and historian. 1928 AD

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“Israel and Liberia have established and maintain solid diplomatic relations and good
economic ties. In spite of your struggle for survival at home, your country sent many
scientist and experts to my country to help us improve our own general standard of
living, and our scholars, businessmen and diplomats have already greatly benefited
from sojourns in your country.”

– Angie Elizabeth Brooks, Liberian diplomat and journalist. 1928 – 2007 AD

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„I have always considered the declaration of the State of Israel to be the beginning
of the fulfillment of the Biblical promises to Israel. The fact that we’re now celebrating
the sixtieth anniversary, well, that’s nice for the population, but the people has of
course existed for a much, much longer time than that: thousands of years.”
Karel van Oordt, Dutch founder of ‘Christenen voor Israël’. 1928 – 2013 AD.

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“Our historical bequest is sublime. I have inherited a fragmented but highly creative
exile and, since 1948, a home. I don’t know that I want to settle there. I prefer the
creative spur of exile. (…) But wherever I am I shall be Jewish, and that sound will
inform every syllable I write. I am blessed with a long ancestry of wisdom, prophecy,
and promise, a line of overwhelming creative achievements, courage, humor, and,
above all, a dogged and chronic permanence, the greatest legacy of all.”

– Bernice Rubens, Welsh-Jewish novelist. 1928 – 2004 AD

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“Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews an exception to
all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly up till now? It
is God who has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise
us up again. If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left,
when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an
example. Who knows, it might even be our religion from which the world
and all peoples learn good, and for that reason and that reason alone do we
have to suffer now. We can never become just Netherlanders, or just English,
or representatives of any country for that matter; we will always remain
Jews, but we want to, too.”
– Anne Frank, German-Jewish author. 1929 – 1945 AD

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“I see Israel, and never mind saying it, as one of the great
outposts of democracy in the world, as a marvelous example
of what can be done, how desert can be transformed into an
oasis of brotherhood. Peace for Israel means security, and that
security must be a reality.”

– Martin Luther King, African-American activist. 1929 – 1968 AD

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“Even though I’m not Jewish, and even though I’m stingy with my
bread, Israel is one of the few causes I feel good about supporting.
Blacks and Jews are hooked up and bound together by a common
history of persecution. If someone besides a black ever sings the
real gut bucket blues, it’ll be a Jew. We both know what it’s like to
be someone else’s footstool.”

– Ray Charles Robinson, African-American musician. 1930 – 2004 AD

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“If you’re going to the Middle East to look for oil, you can skip Israel.
If you’re looking for brains, look no further. Israel has shown that it
has a disproportionate amount of brains and energy.”

– Warren Buffett, American business magnate and investor. 1930 AD

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“Eretz Yisrael must play a vital role as a generator providing power. Israel
continues to shape the spectrum of Jewish culture, the richness of Jewish
living, the height of Jewish spirituality and the depth of Jewish feeling
worldwide. Although Judaism developed for most of history without the
reality of Eretz Yisrael, the dream of Israel continued to nurture us in the
Diaspora. Today, it is the living Israel that moves us towards completeness.”

– Jerome M. Epstein, American-Jewish Conservative rabbi.

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“I love Israel and I love the Jewish people. I think that their struggle has a
great commonality with our struggle. I tell many of the blacks they should try
to emulate and imitate the saga of the Jewish struggle. They should go to the
Seder and ask the Four Questions, not forgetting from where you come from.”

– Don King, African-American boxing promoter. 1931 AD

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“The G-d of history, the G-d of the Jewish people, called the world into being for
one reason only and that was for the sake of the Jewish people and the Torah of
Israel. (…) The Jewish nation is indeed, the heart of the world and there is no
reason for the existence of empires, kings, rulers, masses or systems aside from
their reaction to the Jewish people.”

–  Rabbi Meir Kahane, American-Jewish / Israeli nationalist. 1932 – 1990 AD

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“In 1945, the world was at last liberated from the yoke of the most evil of empires ever to exist in the
annals of human history. But for us it was too late. We were not liberated. By then we already had been
liquidated. In 1948, we actually arose from the ashes. Destruction was at last ending. Redemption was at
hand. After two thousand years of exile, wandering and struggle the State of Israel was reborn. We look
back with indescribable pain on the terrible tragedy that has left its mark in us forever. Had the State of
Israel existed during the 30s, Jews (…) could have simply gone home to their ancestral land. They would
have not been massacred. They would have had the means to defend themselves.(…) For us, statehood
and security are not merely words, for us, they are life itself – and we are determined to defend them.”

– Eliahu Ben-Elissar, Polish-Jewish andJewish-Israeli politician and diplomat. 1932 – 2000 AD

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“To condemn the Jewish survival doctrine of Zionism as racism is a travesty
upon the truth. Jews have not only suffered particularly from racist persecution,
they have done more than any other people in history to expose and condemn
racism.”

– Eldridge Cleaver, former Black Panther. 1935 – 1998 AD.

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“I believe that Israel is one of our most important friends in the world.
And the views that I hold have many adherents in Israel today. Two of
the tenets of a true Zionist are ‘self-determination’ and ‘self-reliance.’
I do not believe we should be Israel’s master but, rather, her friend.”

– Ron Paul, American Republican politician. 1935 AD

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“This parliament (Knesset) is evidence to the establishment of the state
that was founded in 1948 as a Jewish, free and democratic state, which
brought citizens from the whole world, speaking in all languages and
gathering from all corners of the universe, into its territory following the
trauma of the Holocaust. You represent universal ideals; you are the
noblest example of democracy and freedom in the Middle East, an
exemplar that has its roots deep in the Bible and in the Zionist ideal. As
both Pope John Paul II and Rabbi Elio Toaff have said, the people of
Israel are an ‘older brother’ to us. The source of friendship and
brotherhood between us is found in our common culture and fate, as in
the love we share for understanding and coexistence in peace among
the nations of the world.”

– Silvio Berlusconi, 50th Italian Prime Minister. 1936 AD

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“The bond between America and Israel is not just a strategic one, though that
is important. The more profound tie between our two countries is a moral one.
We are two democracies whose alliance is forged in our common values. To be
proudly pro-American and pro-Israeli is not to hold conflicting loyalties. It is
about defending the principles that both countries hold dear. That is why today
I stand as I believe so many of you do: a Christian, proudly pro-American and
proudly pro-Israel.”

– John McCain, American Republican politician. 1936 AD

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“Most of all I cherish those of my fellow Jews who settled in and who maintain
the State of Israel, which I consider the highest manifestation of the human
spirit in modern times. Jews always tried to take full responsibility for their
actions in every human sphere, but not until we reclaimed responsibility for our
political life could we provide a haven for Jews in danger. The more Hebrew I
learn to speak and read, the longer and more often I am in Israel, the more
friends and relatives I acquire in the country, the greater my debt to its
defenders. The achievements of Israel depend entirely on the patience of its
defenders, for it is the only democracy in the world that has had to fight for
its life from inception to the present. Not since the Romans crushed the second
Jewish commonwealth have Jewish soldiers been able to protect the Jewish polity
from its enemies. It goes unappreciated that these defenders of Israel are also
the front line of defense for the democratic world.”

– Ruth R. Wisse, professor of Yiddish literature and of comparative literature. 1936 AD


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“The establishment of the State of Israel was greeted with great enthusiasm in the Netherlands. After
all, this state gave the Jewish people their own place and the legal security that the countries of
Europe could not offer. For all Jews in the world this new country was thus not only a refuge, but also
a source of inspiration and self-assurance. (…) During all of the conflicts that threatened the existence
of the young state, the Dutch people and its government stood behind Israel without hesitation. This
feeling of connectivity lives even today. For many Dutchmen it is certain that a special relationship exists
between our two countries. (…) With admiration, and often being confronted with refugee issues
themselves, other countries have seen how your country has taken in large numbers of people and
absorbed them into your society. The influx has led to a population which shows large cultural differences.
This has enriched your country and enlarged the respect of your people towards others. You overcame the
confusion of tongues that threatened you during the construction of this tower of Babel, by teaching
everyone Ivrit. (…) In many countries there exists a great admiration for the patience and dedication with
which Israel searches for solutions for this multiplicity of issues.”

– Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. 1938 AD

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“No country in the history of the world has ever contributed more to
humankind and accomplished more for its people in so brief a period
of time as Israel has done since its relatively recent rebirth in 1948.
As one of the youngest nations in the world, and one of the smallest,
Israel exports more life saving medical technology per capita than any
nation in the world, and ranks among the top 2 or 3 in absolute terms.
The same can be said for environmental technology, internet technology
and so many other areas of scientific innovation.

– Alan M. Dershowitz, American-Jewish lawyer and jurist. 1938 AD

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“Israel has a deep meaning for the world, and I believe it is setting
a standard for the world. The Jewish people down through the
centuries have given us so much. I’ve been enamored of the great
legacy of all the great people from the time of Moses down to the
present. There is so much the Jewish people have contributed – and
continue to contribute – to world information and knowledge, the
sciences, medicines and the arts as well. I’ve fallen in love with that
legacy. Then, of course, there is that land that has been the basis –
the landscape of all of that history is, of course, Israel. It’s very
important to the history of the Jewish people.”

– Jon Voight, American actor. 1938 AD

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“Consider that when the Jews came to Palestine, it was a desert. People were living in
the same primitive manner as they had been since the time of Moses. The Jews brought
Western knowledge and Western values to the Middle East. They turned an almost barren
land into a modern, industrial civilization. They raised cities where there had been only
dirt; they developed irrigated farms where there had been only dry sand; they built cars and
trucks and planes where there had been mainly pack animals. They produced wealth where
there had been only poverty. They brought freedom and individual rights to a land where
these ideas were unknown. And many of the Arabs hated Israel for doing so – because it was
an achievement they could not, and did not want to, equal.”

– Edwin Locke, American psychologist. 1938 AD

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“As our ally, Israel is also a model from which we can learn –
from the intrinsic value of Judaism to Israel’s fortitude and
security. And with the deep pains and grief over the years
from so many mass shootings in U.S. schools, Israel stands
as a beacon of light for how to protect our children in public
places.”

– Chuck Norris, American martial artist and actor. 1940 AD

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“The creation of Israel stands out as one of the greatest achievements
of the 20th century, and as a beacon of hope to the world.”
– Nancy Pelosi, 60th Speaker of the House. 1940 AD

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“All the great cultures have left the stage of history: the Romans, the Greeks, the
Egyptians, the Babylonians. But this little people who gave so much to the world,
has not. That is something.”
– Rabbi Aharon Shear-Yashuv, German convert and son of an SS soldier. 1940 AD

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“The Jews started it all – and by ‘it’ I mean so many of the things we care
about, the underlying values that make all of us, Jew and Gentile, believer
and atheist, tick. Without the Jews, we would see the world through
different eyes, hear with different ears, even feel with different feelings. We
would think with a different mind, interpret all our experience differently,
draw different conclusions from the things that befall us. And we would set
a different course for our lives.”
– Thomas Cahill, American scholar and writer. 1940 AD

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“The support of Israel is a biblically based mandate for every Christian. All other nations were created by an
act of men, but God Himself established the boundaries of the nation of Israel. God gave to Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob a covenant of land that was eternally binding, and it’s recorded in the book of Genesis. (…) It was
the Jewish people who gave us the written Scripture. They gave us the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
They gave us the disciples and the apostle Paul. The Jewish people gave to Christianity the first Christian family,
Mary, Joseph, and Jesus – our Savior! If you take away the Jewish contribution to Christianity, there is nothing left.
(…) Geopolitically speaking, we should support Israel because it is the only true democracy in the Middle East.
The tiny democracy of Israel is surrounded by feudal states and brutal dictatorships that control vast regions of
land and oil resources. The presence of the Israeli Defense Forces brings stability to that part of the world.”

– John Hagee, American senior pastor of the Cornerstone Church. 1940 AD

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“Canada and Israel have a lot in common, including the core values
of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, a focus on education, a
tradition of helping the needy within our borders and abroad, a
profound belief in justice, an openness to diversity and high levels of
immigration from around the world and a willingness to defend our
core values and interests.”

– Joseph “Joe” Oliver, Canadian politician. 1940 AD

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“I am standing here to deliver an unequivocal message of sympathy and solidarity to your people: Israel has a fundamental right to exist. Israel has a lasting right to live peacefully within secure borders among neighbours who recognise it. (…) Israel’s history is part of Europe’s history and our fates are intertwined. As democracies we are part of the same community of values. You are our neighbours, we have a common heritage. (…) Our common heritage and ideals should be at the core of our common action to inspire hope, and to respond to the aspirations of the peoples for democracy in an ever changing Middle East. (…) Bring democracy to the region, in which you, citizens of Israel, live. You have the chance to be an agent of change. I am sure that your nation, a nation of hope and freedom like Israel will contribute to writing this new chapter in the history of the Middle East.”
– Jerzy Buzek, 9th Polish Prime Minister and 28th European President. 1940 AD

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“Israelis have proved beyond any doubt why God promised them this land – only they could
keep it green. The land is described repeatedly in the Torah as a good land and ‘a land
flowing with milk and honey’. This description may not seem to fit well with the desert images
we see on the nightly news, but let’s keep in mind that the land was repeatedly abused by
conquerors that were determined to make the land uninhabitable for the Jews. In the few
decades since the Jewish people regained control of the land, tremendous improvement in its
agriculture has been witnessed. Israeli agriculture today has a very high yield. Agriculture in
Israel is very effective, and is able to cover about 75% of domestic needs, despite the limited
land available. Looking at the development and transformation that the land has gone through
because of the Jewish innovative spirit, hard labor and commitment to freedoms for all times to
come, I am convinced that it is true that God created this earth but it is also a fact that only an
Israel can keep this earth from dying.”
  Dr. Tashbih Sayyed, Pakistani-American Muslim Zionist. 1941 2007 AD

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“It is no secret, and I’ll repeat it again, that we live in a tough neighborhood,
where there is no mercy for the weak. And no second chance for those who
cannot defend themselves. Israel is the strongest country in the region and
the only genuinely open democracy. (…) I am optimistic, and my vision for
Israel is clear: A strong, self-confident, thriving, Jewish, democratic state,
living in peace and security with its neighbors. An exemplary state and world
leader in science, technology, education and culture. A country in which our
children will want to live, and your children will be proud of.”

– Ehud Barak, Palestinian Jew and 10th Israeli Prime Minister. 1942 AD


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“The Jewish people have contributed greatly to America. (…) You
make up 11 percent of the seats in the United States Congress.
You make up one-third of all Nobel laureates. I think you, as usual,
underestimate the impact of Jewish heritage. I really mean that. I
think you vastly underestimate the impact you’ve had on the
development of this nation.”

– Joe Biden, 47th American Vice President. 1942 AD

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“The Jews who dreamed of a country of their own, and their posterity, with
their own hard work, have built an advanced country on fertile soil, and in many
places, even in the desert. The residents of Israel have come from all over the
world, speaking nearly one hundred languages, and were once members of differing
cultural communities. Together, they gave birth to the Nation of Israel. The
idea espoused by Theodore Herzl that he formed in Budapest, and which many
believed was utopia, has become reality.”

László Sólyom,  3rd Hungarian President of the Third Republic. 1942 AD

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“The ties that bind America to Israel are greater than the economic and security
interest that our nations share. We are two nations grown from a common source,
both forged by the courage and imagination of pioneers, and both expressing in our
founding documents our ultimate reliance on divine providence. As we celebrate with
you, we remember together the courage of David, who established Jerusalem 3000
years ago as the political and spiritual capital of the Jewish people. We remember the
commitment of the early Zionists, who convened the first Zionist congress a century
ago, lived through the horror of the Holocaust, and finally witnessed the birth of a
Jewish homeland in Eretz Israel.”

  Newt Gingrich, 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. 1943 AD

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“Israel has created a democratic and open society to which we feel
close. Israel has made deserts fertile, and its people have
transformed it from a developing country into a bastion of high
technology.”

 Horst Köhler, 9th German Federal President. 1943 AD

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“I always enjoy coming to Israel. Israelis are warm, they’re
energetic people. Forthright. Very smart. I always like smart
people. They’re nice people, you know. Aggressive, and I
respect that aggressiveness because you need it it their
situation.”

 Robert de Niro, Italian-American actor. 1943 AD

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“I always like returning to Israel, I like the warmth and love the
people here give and like to sing my greatest love songs with
them. I have to spend more time here. I hope that after my
concerts, people here go back home and make children. It will
be good to have more nice Israelis.”

– Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer. 1943 AD

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“I can also say from long experience that our security relationship
with Israel is important for America. Our military benefits from Israeli
innovations in technology, from shared intelligence, from exercises
that help our readiness and joint training that enhances our capabilities
and from lessons learned in Israel’s own battles against terrorism and
asymmetric threats.”

– James L. Jones, American general. 1943 AD

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“I am a Sunni Muslim… I see myself as an inseparable part of
Israel, as an Israeli citizen who defends the state so that it will
remain Jewish and democratic, a state that ensures the rights
of all minorities.”
– Falach Hayib, Bedouin-Israeli Lt. Col. within the IDF.

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“At the conclusion of Hanukkah, we remember how the Maccabees triumphed in the face
of odds. Let’s not forget that the Jewish people overcame the Syrian-Greeks, the Roman
Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, the Russian pogroms, the Holocaust. We are a resilient
people, a strong people, a successful people. We are here to stay and stay forever.”

 Haim Saban, Israeli-American proprietor of Egyptian-Jewish descent. 1944 AD

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“Growing up in Israel, how can I not be an optimist? When you
remember what Israel was 50 years ago and you see Israel now,
one of the most successful countries in the world, stable,
democratic, with an enormously stable economy despite
everything that has happened in the global economy in the last
few years, how can I not be an optimist?”

– Ehud Olmert, Palestinian Jew and 12th Israeli Prime Minister. 1945 AD

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“We respect Israel’s heritage, which is part of our own European heritage. Whenever
we deride our Jewish heritage in Europe, we deride our own values. Whenever we
show contempt for Israel’s contribution to our own civilisation, we show contempt for
a valuable aspect of our own identity. Whenever we deny the incalculable suffering of
the Jewish people, we deny the basis of our own dignity.”

– Hans-Gert Pöttering, German politician and 27th European President. 1945 AD

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“To be a Jew means to belong to a people who showed determination and steadfastness and who withstood many afflictions and tribulations for thousands of years. The Jew belongs to a nation, which lost its independence when the First Temple was destroyed 2,690 years ago and the people of Israel were expelled and exiled to Babylon. (…) He belongs to a nation, which lost its independence a second time, 1,933 years ago, to the Roman empire, resulting in the exile of the Jewish people from its country. He belongs to a nation, which for 2,000 years experienced continuous suffering, expulsion, forced conversions, exiles, inquisition, and, worst of all, the terrible Holocaust by the Nazis and their collaborators. The Jewish people rose up from the ashes and succeeded in reviving and obtaining sovereignty and independence in its homeland. (…) Fifty-six years ago, the Jewish people succeeded in reestablishing its state, a democratic, modern, and liberal country with advanced scientific and technological achievements, a country that bases its national life on the vision of the prophets of Israel and on the moral values that Judaism has given humanity. Judaism emphasizes the value of communal life and mutual solidarity. “All Israel is responsible for one another” is the key phrase outlining a way of life.”
– Moshe Katsav, Iranian Jew and 8th Israeli President. 1945 AD



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“The Holocaust was only possible because the church did not
understand its Jewish roots. (…) Church unity can only be
established when we understand and appreciate these Jewish
roots. (…) We sinners of the past are called to become the allies
of the future and stand faithfully by our Jewish friends.”

– Christoph Schönborn, Austrian cardinal and Archbishop of Vienna. 1945 AD

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“The ‘Israel’ brand story is about a country built on idealism, a society that is the living
testimony of the will of a people to live under justice and to revitalize an ancient and
glorious civilization. That is what made good investments where there were only sand
dunes and barchash flies and malaria.”

– Ami Isseroff, American-Jewish / Jewish-Israeli Zionist. 1946 – 2011 AD

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“From the day I started to think politically and to develop my own moral values, from
my earliest youth, I have been an ardent defender of Israel. As a Jew I am aware of how
important the existence of Israel is for the survival of us all. (…) If it became necessary, I
would be prepared to die for the USA and for Israel.”

– Steven Spielberg, American-Jewish film director, film producer, screenwriter and actor. 1946 AD

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“Israel’s democracy is the bedrock on which our relationship stands. It’s
a shining example for people around the world who are on the frontline
of the struggle for democracy in their own lands.”

– William J. Clinton, 42nd American President. 1946 AD

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“History and religion are up for grabs here. That makes this country so special and
unique. (…) My love for the Holy Land does not depend on who is or isn’t at power
here. I support Israel unconditionally. (…) This land is surrounded by gigantic enemies
and muslim fundamentalists. Israel is constantly busy guaranteeing its security. I admire
Israel, because it has achieved so much in the fields of science, technology and culture,
while it faces enemies such as Hezbollah, Iran, and Hamas. (…) As a Jew I have now
returned after a wandering of two thousand years. I feel safe here because my interests
are guaranteed here in this country.”

– Wolf “Willy” Lindwer, Dutch-Jewish documentary filmmaker. 1946 AD

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”I fell in love with Israel at first sight. Israel, beacon of democracy, human rights
and advanced technologies. I was amazed by the technological advancement, the
sophisticated agriculture and the wonderful taste of the fruit and vegetables. I plan
to visit Israel again soon.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American actor, politician and bodybuilder. 1947 AD

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“When Americans look at Israel, we see a pioneer spirit that worked an
agricultural miracle and now leads a high-tech revolution. We see
world-class universities and a global leader in business and innovation and
the arts. We see a resource more valuable than oil or gold: the talent and
determination of a free people who refuse to let any obstacle stand in the
way of their destiny.”
– George W. Bush, 43rd American President. 1947 AD

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“To step foot into Israel is to step foot into a nation that began with an ancient promise
made in this land. The Jewish people persisted through one of the most monstrous crimes
in human history, and now this nation has come to take its place among the most impressive
democracies on earth. Israel’s achievements are a wonder of the modern world. These
achievements are a tribute to the resilience of the Israeli people. You have managed, against
all odds, time and again throughout your history, to persevere, to rise up, and to emerge
stronger. (…) It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Our
two nations are separated by more than 5,000 miles. But for an American abroad, you can’t
get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in Israel. We’re
part of the great fellowship of democracies. We speak the same language of freedom and
justice, and the right of every person to live in peace. We serve the same cause and provoke
the same hatreds in the same enemies of civilization.”

– Mitt Romney, American Republican politician. 1947 AD

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“I am Jewish. This means that the State of Israel has a special hold
on my soul. Jewish life, I believe, cannot be sustained without Israel
at its core. The Torah that spells out for us a way of life and a
religious destiny also binds us to a land. And in a world capable of
infinite evil, the establishment of Israel restores to a segment of the
Jewish people control over its own destiny. With the memory of the
Holocaust fresh in our minds, the absence of power is a curse, and
the State of Israel has removed that curse by returning power to
Jewish hands.”

– Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, American-Jewish Reform rabbi. 1947 AD

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“Israel’s history is the story of brave men and women who took risks. They did the
hard thing because they believed and knew it was right. (…) Warriors who were so
gallant in battle, but then offered their adversaries a hand of peace because they
thought it would make their beloved Israel stronger. (…) But for that dream to
survive, for the state to flourish, this generation of Israelis must also take up the
tradition and do what seems too dangerous, too hard, and too risky. And of this
they can be absolutely sure: the United States and the American people will stand
with you. We will share the risks and we will shoulder the burdens, as we face the
future together.”

Hillary Clinton, American Democratic politician. 1947 AD

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“Israel spends less money on health than the average in the
OECD, but the results are good and advanced. I’ve come here
to learn from your excellent health system.”

– Margaret Chan, Chinese Director-General of the World Health Organization.1947 AD

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“The truth is that the land of Israel is the homeland of the Jewish
people. This is the land where the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob, worshipped a single God. This is the land where the Jewish
prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and many others, where all these
prophets wailed against injustice and aggression. And this is the land
where a young Galilean preached a message of love and peace that
spread across the entire world.”

– Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Jew and 9th Israeli Prime Minister. 1949 AD

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“Israel has passed a test of amazing endurance, surviving and thriving in a
sea of hatred, violence and terror. Its people remain optimistic, but they
desperately need relief from the fear and violence that dominates daily life.
I wish the Arab world could see Israel as I see it — as a diverse society of
people living in peace.”
– Nonie Darwish, Egyptian-American human rights activist and founder of Arabs for Israel. 1949 AD

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“The United States and Israel have a unique relationship based
on our mutual commitment to democracy, freedom, and peace.
Therefore, just as our commitment to these principles must be
steadfast, so must our support for Israel.”

– John Boehner, 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. 1949 AD

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“Israel was born in biblical history and was carved from the desert in
an age of what seemed like unending hostility. No one who has ever
read history could deny the need for a Jewish homeland. Israel is not
our ally because it is convenient, Israel is our ally because they are one
of the closest reflections we can find of the American ideals to live in
freedom.”

– Tom Corbett, American Republican politician. 1949 AD

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“Israel also still gives us Jews power and strength today in foreign countries. (…) Under
the worst circumstances, Israel is still, since decennia, the only oasis of democracy in a
desolate desert of despotism. (…) When we support Israel, we support ourselves, it is
an investment in our values, in our future. (…) Israel is a country, in which liveliness, joy
of life can be seized with both hands everywhere, a country of inspiration, of innovation,
of investment, of ideas, of ideals, the country abounds in ideas, in dynamism, in esprit
and temperament. We [friends of Israel] feel connected to this wonderful country and
the wonderful people there from the bottom of our hearts.”

– Dieter Graumann, German-Jewish President of the Central Council of Jews. 1950 AD


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“For two thousand years, you had history – but not a home. For two thousand years,
you lifted the artistic and cultural life and the scientific and political development of
every continent – but had no home. For two thousand years, you endured pogroms
– and then the horror of the Holocaust – because you had no home. Yet for two
thousand years, nothing – no prison cell, no forced migration, no violence, no
massacres, not even the horror of the Holocaust – could ever break the spirit of a
people yearning to be free. And you proved that while repression can subjugate it
can never silence; while hearts can be broken hope is unbreakable; while lives can
be lost the dream could never die; that – in the words of the prophet Amos – ‘justice
would roll down like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream’. Never
free of trouble, always facing adversity, yet what remarkable success Israel has
achieved during these last few years.”
 Gordon Brown, 52nd British Prime Minister. 1951 AD

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“Israel is a mature, established democracy and an integral part
of the community of democracies that is centered historically in
the West; as such, Israel deserves to be treated as any other
normal western country.”

– George Weigel, American author and political activist. 1951 AD

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“This is the port of Jaffa, one of the oldest ports in the world. All peoples who wanted to
conquer Jerusalem, stepped foot here. The Romans, the Greeks, the Crusaders, even
the whale that swallowed Jonah the prophet. Here, in 1948, the State of Israel was born,
on the principles of love, equal rights and democracy. On these stormy seas came little
boats, carrying people with big dreams, to a safe home for the Jewish people: Israel.”

 David “Dudu” Fisher, Jewish-Israeli cantor and stage performer. 1951 AD

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“Being in comedy I have always had an interest in Jewish culture
and I owe a great deal of my career to the foundations laid by the
Jewish culture. I have always wanted to come to Israel because I
believe that right now it is the linchpin of western security.”

– Dan Aykroyd, Canadian comedian and actor. 1952 AD

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“Israel is a fundamental part of the West. The West is what it is thanks to its
Judeo-Christian roots. If the Jewish element of those roots is upturned and
Israel is lost, then we are lost too. Whether we like it or not, our fate is
inextricably intertwined.”

– José María Aznar López, 4th Spanish Prime Minister. 1953 AD

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“Israel has grown in every way, I mean in business, and in the people, and in the beauty.
It’s a more mature country now than it was in 1970. I think that back then, actually, it
was a little more nervous. And I think now, even though Israel still has problems, it feels
more permanent, that it will be forever. That’s how I feel, being here now.”

– Jerry Seinfeld, American stand-up comedian, actor and writer. 1954 AD

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“I am totally secular, and yet in my eyes the establishment and the
very existence of the State of Israel is a miracle of sorts that happened
to us as a nation – a political, national, human miracle. I do not forget
this for a single moment. Even when many things in the reality of our
lives enrage and depress me, even when the miracle is broken down to
routine and wretchedness, to corruption and cynicism, even when reality
seems like nothing but a poor parody of this miracle, I always remember.”

–  David Grossman, Jewish-Israeli author. 1954 AD

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“60 years of Israel, that’s 60 years of magnificent work by people struggling
to build a nation under difficult circumstances. 60 years of Israel, that’s 60
challenging years of countering threats and fighting for peace and security.
60 years of Israel, that’s 60 years of integrating immigrants into the body
politic of this land. 60 years of Israel, we have a country bursting with vitality
and confidence, capable of great technological feats, with a wealth of culture
and traditions. 60 years of Israel, this is most of all an occasion for great joy.”

– Angela Merkel, 8th German Federal Chancellor. 1954 AD

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“On 14 May 1948, you founded a sovereign nation, equal to all the others
but different from them, as you made your tragedy as a lever to build your
country. You have fought so many times in the last 65 years to preserve your
country. And if Israel lives, if it exists, it is thanks only to you. I would therefore
like to render homage to the whole Jewish people, whose history is interwoven
with that of all humanity. (…) They have however written and sung in many
languages, they have shared their talents, their knowledge and their creativity.
They have helped to improve the world. But never have the Jewish people ceased
to look towards this land: the land of Israel. (…) You have built a solid, dynamic and
prosperous economy, on land which was not necessarily the most fertile and with
limited resources. You have maintained the mindset of the pioneers. Today, in the
high technology field, you have even taken the lead. (…) You have managed to
create a global centre for innovation.”

– François Hollande, 24th French President. 1954 AD

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“I want to address the people of Israel, the so brave people of Israel, who have chosen
democracy and freedom, and owe these to no one but themselves, to their courage, energy
and intelligence. Had you not willed it, no one would have sought to do it for you. We
should have the honesty and courage to recognize this. But through you I would like to
address the whole Jewish people, the Jewish people who were without a land and political
institutions for so long, but who share the same moral attitude, the same concept of life, the
same tradition, the same faith, the same hope. The Jewish people, whom neither violence nor
hate could make give up the universal values the prophets of Israel have taught all mankind.
No exile, no adversity could wrench the memory of the Promised Land from the hearts of the
Jewish people. And after 19 centuries, every single one of these people, dispersed throughout
the world, still said : ‘I am a Jew because, born of Israel and having lost her, I have felt her live
again in me, more alive than myself’.”

Nicolas Sarkozy, 23rd French President. 1955 AD

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“At 62 years old, Israel’s democracy is older than more than half of the democratic governments in
the world, which, in turn, account for less than half of the world’s existing nations. Israel is one of the
handful of democracies that has never succumbed to periods of undemocratic rule. And Israel has
achieved this extraordinary record in spite of the fact that it is the only democracy never to know a
nanosecond of peace and which has endured pressures that would have crushed most other
democracies long ago. In a region inhospitable – even fatal – to government by and of the people,
Israel’s democracy thrives.”

– Michael Oren, American-Jewish / Jewish-Israeli historian, author and diplomat. 1955 AD


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“Israel is one example of what it takes, emphasizing technology and
science education, a governmental role in supporting research and
development, and a culture that encourages risk taking and allows
for rapid failure. For a small country, Israel will have an oversized
impact on the evolution of the next stage of the technology we all use.”

– Eric Schmidt, American software engineer and executive chairman of Google. 1955 AD

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“They know how important Israel is for the western side of the
world, for the liberal side of the world. Israel is now the front of
the fight against fundamentalism and islamization led by Iran.
More and more people will come to understand that it is important
to visit Israel, because God blessed Israel, because God blessed
Jerusalem, and because it is important to the entire world to come
to Jerusalem, to be part of Israel, of Jerusalem, for a few days. And
of course, God will bless everyone who supports Israel.”
– Ayoob Kara, Druze-Israeli politician. 1955 AD

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“Look at our economy and our achievements. We had a GDP of $3 billion 60 years ago.
Now we have a GDP of $170 billion. Israeli achievements are seen in every area of high tech.
Israelis created the first cellular phone, the first voice mail, AOL instant messaging, and the
USB computer key. So many things are Israeli-made and Israeli-developed. If you go to a
pharmacy or hospital, so many people are cured with Israeli developments.”

– Sallai Meridor, Jewish-Israeli politician and diplomat. 1955 AD

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“Judaism is like a chain of peace of existence that spans space and time, where
each individual Jew is a different link. Our mission is to maintain the strength
and continuity of Judaism, and each of us has a role in shaping and continuing
the future. In return it gives us meaning – an identity in this world. This identity
as Jews, fighting for peace and existence, is what defines us. And this is why
Judaism, more than any other ancient civilization, has survived the test of time.
It is much more than a religion or a culture – it is an identity.”

– Avraham Burg, Jewish-Israeli author and politician. 1955 AD

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“If we were forced to choose just one, there would be no way to
deny that Judaism is the most important intellectual development
in human history.”

– David H. Gelernter, American-Jewish artist, writer and computer scientist. 1955 AD

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“[In the Golan Heights] the strategic situation of Israel becomes very clear. (…)
When you turn around, you have an overview of dozens of kilometers of the
lower situated Israel. That shows how vulnerable Israel is. There is no strategic
depth. (…) I (…) walked around and then you try to imagine just what it would
be like if you are sitting on this mountain with a military assignment yourself and
you see this territory around you. Yeah, that makes me speechless… I wouldn’t
want to defend this place: the approaches are gigantic, you’re completely
unprotected against the air. So you’d be sitting here, if I may call it such, on a
bald pimple with a rather desperate mission.”

– Peter van Uhm, Dutch general. 1955 AD


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“Beyond empirical truth, there is historical truth:  almost 4000 years during which the
Jewish people were born in the Land of Israel, while developing the corpus of ethical
and intellectual treasures that have been instrumental in giving rise to Western
civilization. 2000 years of forced exile, and interim conquest by Byzantines, Arabs,
Mamelukes, Ottomans and others, cannot, and never will, impair the unbreakable bonds
of the Jewish People to its homeland. Israel is not only where we are. It is who we are.”

– Avigdor Lieberman, Moldovan-Jewish / Israeli politician. 1958 AD

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“Israel is the ancient homeland of the Jewish people, it is the birthplace of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
the land where Moses and Joshua led the Jewish people and king Solomon built the Jewish Temple.
Israel is a place where the Bible tells us about David, who is made king and laid the cornerstone for
the palace in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people. (…) And for thousands of years,
Jerusalem served as the capital of the Jewish people. Three thousand years ago my ancestors walked
the same streets that my children walk, they spoke the same language that I speak, and prayed on
the same very Temple Mount which millions of Jews pray to every single day.”

– Ron Prosor, Jewish-Israeli diplomat, political analyst and commentator on the Middle East. 1958 AD

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“A lot of us are very intensely overwhelmed by this beautiful country
and the tenacious, focused spirit of its people. If the world went awry,
I would probably want to be in Israel. Here I could look at the vibrant
side of life no matter what’s going on outside of me.”

Giancarlo Esposito, Italian-American actor. 1958 AD

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“I identify with Israel, because it represents democracy, tolerance, equality and
human rights. Even though it lives in the shadow of constant conflict, it has to
be said that Israel manages to preserve its function as a strong and active
democracy.”

Pilar Rahola, Spanish-Catalan journalist and politician. 1958 AD.

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“Israel has the best in human capital. The thing that drives corporate success
and return on investment is ideas. Ideas come from people. Israel’s national
intellectual talent pool, from economics to leading-edge technology, is so
proportionately broad and deep that the nation has the greatest number of
corporate startups per capita in the world.”

Yuval Steinitz, Israeli Jew and 22nd Israeli Finance Minister. 1958 AD

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“A country that has really resonated with me and I was really impressed with
was Israel. I found that the whole country had a very special atmosphere. I
was there to perform but it was one of the few places that I’ve visited over the
years that I had some free time to explore, and I was hugely impressed by all
the religious history there.”

– Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor and singer-songwriter. 1958 AD

 

Foto “As I said on the 60th anniversary of its founding, the State of Israel appeared as  a light, in a world emerging from deep darkness. Against all odds, that light has not been extinguished. It burns bright, upheld by the universal principles of all civilized nations – freedom, democracy, justice. (…) Indeed, Israel is the only country in the Middle East, which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. (…) I believe the story of Israel is a great example to the world. It is a story, essentially, of a people whose response to suffering has been to move beyond resentment and build a most extraordinary society, a vibrant democracy, a freedom-loving country… with an independent and rights-affirming judiciary, an innovative, world-leading ‘start-up’ nation. You have taken the collective memory of death and persecution to build an optimistic, forward-looking land one that so values life, you will sometimes release a thousand criminals and terrorists, to save one of your own. “In the democratic family of nations, Israel represents values which our government takes as articles of faith, and principles to drive our national life.
– Stephen Harper, 22nd Canadian prime minister. 1959 AD


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“Based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare. Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population. (…) The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over two million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties. During the conflict, the IDF allowed huge amounts of humanitarian aid into Gaza. To deliver aid virtually into your enemy’s hands is, to the military tactician, normally quite unthinkable. But the IDF took on those risks.”
– Richard Kemp, English colonel. 1959 AD


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“The European culture is unthinkable and inexplicable without the spiritual,
religious, philosophical, cultural, and scientific heritage it received from
Jerusalem. Not only Christianity, with its roots in Jewish history and the
Jewish Bible, was born in Jerusalem and brought the Jewish idea of creative
exploring of the world to Europe. Also many Jewish scholars directly contributed
to, or laid the foundations for sciences, arts, and philosophies we like to call
European. This direct input of Jewish thinking dates from the beginning of the
Diaspora in Roman times and never stopped. We may be grateful for what
Jerusalem brought us. For it taught us that we must master the art of debate
and doubt in order to find truth and to progress in knowledge. Discussion and
debate are Jewish to the core.”

– Yves Leterme, 65th Belgian Prime Minister. 1960 AD

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“I’ve learned Israelis like to laugh a lot. I’ve learned Israeli’s like
to work hard. I learned Israelis don’t sleep a lot, because they’re
not letting me sleep. It’s not good for your health, but most
importantly, Israelis know how to love and THAT’s good for your
health.”
– Dr. Mehmet Oz, Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon and author. 1960 AD

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“In 1993 I started looking into my enemy’s book, the
Tanach, and I came to the conclusion that the Jewish
people are the most peaceful people on earth.”

– Walid Shoebat, Palestinian Christian Zionist. 1960 AD

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“Sometimes I say: I actually have two fatherlands. That’s the Netherlands,
but also Israel. The latter has to do with the fact that I have Jewish blood
flowing through my veins. I’m sure everyone’s aware of that. (…) I still
carry what happened during the war of 40-45 in the back of my head and
I find it so important that Jewish people have their own state.”

– Bram Moszkowicz, Dutch-Jewish jurist and former lawyer. 1960 AD

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“You want a culture where citizens are free to express themselves and so live in
the openness necessary to the functioning of a successful economy? Israel has
a free press, much of it openly hostile to the parties in power.”

– John Mordecai Podhoretz, American-Jewish writer. 1961 AD

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“Israel is the only modern state whose existence can be
considered a realization of a prophecy contained in both
the Quran and the Bible. We must pray for that state to be
a light for the nations and by our means we must support
its right to independence, sovereignty and security.”

– Abdul Hadi Palazzi, Italian Muslim sheikh. 1961 AD

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“The State of Israel is always prepared for an uncertain reality. We know that if
someone else needs help, and we can lend a hand, we will do so. Israel and the
IDF advocate for the idea that if we save one life, we saved an entire world, in
faraway places and even in enemy countries.”

– Lt. Col. Yuval Wagner, Jewish-Israeli former combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force. 1962 AD

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“I see myself as one of the fortunate heirs to the centuries of Jewish
tradition – a tradition of relentless questioning and self-examination.
That’s why I was drawn to journalism and that’s why I was drawn to
Israel, where questions and the constantly reexamined arguments truly
matter, where our national destiny is still unresolved and we Jews here,
all of us, help shape it.”

– David Horovitz, English-Jewish / Israeli journalist and author. 1962 AD

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“We can learn a lot from the courage and the determination of the Jewish
people, the people of Israel. A people and nation that has fulfilled the
dream of their own state. A people and a nation that takes the blows that
are actually meant for us. (…) Israel is the outpost of our European civilization.
Israel is an island of democracy and freedom. Israel has taken on the battle
that Europe doesn’t dare fight.”

– Filip Dewinter, Flemish politician. 1962 AD

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“Civilization owes Judaism a debt it can never repay, and
support for the right of a Jewish homeland to exist is the
bare minimum we can provide.”

– Andrew Roberts, English historian and journalist. 1963 AD

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“Israel is an immense source of inspiration for me. (…) I am not ashamed
to stand with Israel, but proud. I am grateful 
to Israel. I will always defend
Israel. Your country is the cradle 
of Western civilization. We call it the
Judeo-Christian civilization 
with good reason. (…) Israel, including Judea
and Samaria, has 
been the land of the Jews since time immemorial. Judea
means ‘land of the Jews’. Never in the history of the world has there been
an autonomous state in the area that was not Jewish. 
(…) Israel (…) is a
beacon of light; it is like a Hanukkah menorah whose lights have been
kindled in a region that until 1948 was engulfed by darkness. (…) When
the flag of Israel no longer flies over the walls of Jerusalem, the West will
no longer be free. ”

– Geert Wilders, Dutch politician. 1963 AD

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“Israel has the best research and development in this field. The Israeli brand is a
great brand around the world in terms of agricultural technologies. We will invest
in Israel and grow in Israel. (…) The commitment to succeed of Israeli farmers is
evidenced by their willingness to stay on the land at all hours and their detailed
knowledge of the land’s needs.”

– Anil B. Jain, Indian managing director of Jain Irrigation. 1965 AD

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“We are here to deliver a message to residents of Israel: Stand
firm and united against the threats and pressure. We want to
encourage Israel and the newly elected Knesset not to give in
to those who try to pressure them to give up parts of the
homeland. Surrender to this pressure is not a recipe for peace,
but rather war. We stand beside you.”

– Anne Richardson, Native American Chief of the Rappahannock Tribe. 1965 AD

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“Conservatives also recognise Israel’s unique position as
a lone democracy in a region that currently boasts no
others. I am a strong admirer of what Israelis have
achieved in the fields of science, the arts, business and
philanthropy, and of the immeasurable contribution of
Jewish culture to our own society.”

– David Cameron, 77th British Prime Minister. 1966

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“When I was a kid you always heard about the Israeli army and you always heard about this tiny
little country and how everyone around them wants them gone, and every time somebody
comes after them they take care of business. And so as a Jewish kid you were proud of that. You
were like, ‘All right, they are trying to take out the Jews and the Jews ain’t gonna let it happen.’
And so I just admired them.”

– Adam Sandler, American-Jewish actor, comedian, screenwriter and film producer. 1966 AD

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There are a lot of really great animal rights [activists] here, really
good, sympathetic people. (…) I love Israel, I think it’s a beautiful
place, very forward-thinking people, really wonderful. And it’s
gorgeous and beautiful here, and I think it’s a really important
part of the world.”

– Pamela Anderson, Canadian actress. 1967 AD

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“As a friend of Israel and an observer, let me remind you how whenever
there is a disaster, an earthquake or tsunami, it is the IDF and Israeli aid
there to help the victims. Whenever there are Jewish citizens in need, in
Russia and Ethiopia, Israel is always a welcoming home. Israel is a
democracy, at a time when democracy is under assault. Israel is an nation
where every life is precious.”

– Michael Gove, Scottish politician. 1967 AD

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“I come back from each trip convinced anew of the necessity of Israel. It is a refuge, an economic
powerhouse, a religious homeland, a bastion of democracy. We need Israel to be there, always,
and so we carry a responsibility to support Israel and to keep her strong. As Americans and as
Jews, we are eternally connected to that tiny piece of land at the crossroads of three continents,
where amid all the diversity, we find ourselves at home.”

– Matthew Brooks, American-Jewish director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. 1967 AD

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“Call me an accidental Zionist, if you must, but Eretz Yisrael is a vital shelter, an only
shelter, from lethal, genocidal anti-Semitism… If we care for wider humanity at all, we
must all be ‘accidental’ Zionists and want for the Jews, for the Israelis, what each
Muslim already has for themselves: a future, a nation and a faith, secured.”

– Qanta Ahmed, Pakistani-British physician and author. 1967 AD

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“Americans look at Israel and see a country much like their own, which struggled to
survive from its very founding, and not only succeeded against all odds, but thrived.
America and Israel are unique in the world, in that our founding fathers and mothers
made a conscious decision to leave their place of birth in search of a better future, in
the case of Israel, to rebuild the ancient homeland of their ancestors. They wanted to
be free from fear and to be part of something greater than themselves.  Both our
countries were established on the very premise that all people have a right to live and
to thrive and to determine their own futures.”

– Dan Shapiro, American-Jewish diplomat. 1969 AD

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“Why do I live in Israel? Because Israel lives in me, as it
lives in all Jews. It is who we are. And those of us lucky
enough to recognize this truth and embrace it in all its
fullness and depth are the luckiest Jews in the world.”

– Caroline B. Glick, American-Jewish / Israeli deputy ME of The Jerusalem Post. 1969 AD

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“I’ve never had to fight a war to defend my right to live in this community. I’ve never been exiled from my home. I’ve never had to rebuild my nation. I only point this out by way of contrast to the phoenix-like rising of the modern state of Israel, from a barren desert to the dynamic country we see today. After 2,000 years of bitter exile, Zionism – the national expression of the Jewish people – gave voice and shape to a dream that never left the Jewish conscience: the return of world Jewry to its ancestral homeland. (…) Canada stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel. Israel is an inspiration, the only democracy in the region. It is a leading innovator in so many fields, despite so many challenges. It is a champion of civil rights in a region that far too often defines repression. Simply put, Israel is worthy of our support because it is a society that shares so many values with Canada – freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. And I’ve seen this first-hand. (…) More than 60 years ago, Israel appeared as a light in a world emerging from darkness. Against all odds – and despite concerted efforts by some – the light has not been extinguished. It burns still. And it burns ever brighter when upheld by the principles of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. (…) May that light shine ever brighter.”
– John Baird, Canadian politician. 1969 AD

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“Israel is amazing. It’s beautiful and the people are just warm
and engaging and full of life. (…) You know, there’s just nothing
to dislike about Israel, it’s really an amazing place.”

– Shannen Doherty, Irish-American actress. 1971 AD

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“The thing that really sticks out to me most on this trip [to Israel] is the Jewish
identity and how the Jewish people have held on throughout the years to their
faith, their hope, and their identity.”

– Allan Houston, African-American basketball player  for the NBA. 1971 AD

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“I am a proud Israeli – along with many other non-Jewish Israelis such as Druze,
Bahai, Bedouin, Christians and Muslims, who live in one of the most culturally
diversified societies and the only true democracy in the Middle East.”

 Ismail Khaldi, Bedouin-Israeli vice consul. 1971 AD

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“You represent a new nation and yet an ancient one, in a new country that is yet an
ancient one. Tradition and religion are clearly a basis for your actions. There are not
many nations, perhaps none, that have been exiled from their country numerous times
and for extended periods of time, and there is probably no nation that could have
preserved its nationality for such a long time, in the  special conditions it was in, and
that eventually succeeded in founding its state in its destined ancient land. It is surely
not an easy task to work a deserted land and create a nation from its exiled parts, each
having different languages and traditions. It is for this reason easy to see what a great
task it is to gather these parts into one nation and one language. Much has been told
about the great things that have been done throughout the years since the Jewish
nation began returning to its ancient land. If there is a way for people to gain their land,
it is through cultivation. The crusaders could not accomplish such a thing and therefore
did not settle in this land
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Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, 2e IJslandse president. 1972 AD

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“I actually admire Israel and I would be very concerned if Israel seizes to
exist. (…) The more Israel thrives, the more we do well, the better we do.
(…) I would say, as a Palestinian, that the only country that has actually
treated us normally, treated us as human beings, was Israel.”

– Mudar Zahran, Palestinian-Arab writer, journalist and political activist. 1973 AD

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“Israel is near and dear to my heart (…) It’s a place
that’s managed to embrace its neighbors and create
peace within an environment that can be very hostile.”

– Ashton Kutcher, American actor and presenter. 1978 AD

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“I would love to say that I love Israel. (…) I stand here today, very confident.
Yes, my nation wants to kill me and execute me and they consider me as a
traitor. I stand here, with lots of confidence, to say that, yes, I love Israel.
(…) I was a witness, I have been a witness, and I know, that Israel is not the
problem in the Middle East. Israel is the solution to the Middle East! I want
my people to see and study the Israeli experience. After all the tragedies
that this amazing nation had to face, their focus was not to take revenge after
the Holocaust. The focus was to survive and to choose life over death. (…) And
let me be honest with you in [regards to] this conflict in the Middle East today.
After a long experience in the West, reading, studying, reading about all the
foundations of this civilization, the Western civilization, and its philosophy, I
tell you, if Israel fails in the Middle East, the Western civilization will fail.”

– Mosab Hassan Yousef, Palestinian-Arab son of Hamas founder. 1978 AD

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“Once we [the members of the Coushatta Tribe] began to look into it, we found similar
stories about the plight of Native Americans and the Jewish people: the search for
homelands, banishment from our homelands, adversity and persecution. We both also
have modern-day challenges of security and land rights. Both the Coushatta Tribe and
the Jewish people have carved prosperous nations out of the wilderness. Look at how
much both we and Israel have achieved in a relatively short amount of time. Speaking
of similarities, the Jewish people and the Coushatta, we still speak our ancient language
fluently. It’s almost a miracle I’m sitting here in the twenty-first century despite our
struggles, despite the fact that a lot of Native American tribes were wiped out by disease.
But the Coushatta are thriving, and it’s almost a miracle that Israel exists today, so this is
something pretty special.”

– David Sickey, Native American Vice-Chairman of the Coushatta Tribe. 1978 AD

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“Every place has their own feel, but I love [performing in] Israel, because
I love the country, the spirituality. It’s a big deal for me to play there. (…)
There are many great musicians in Israel. It is such an intense and amazing
place. It is the crossroads of the universe I feel. Where could be better than
Israel to make music?”

– Matthew Miller (Matisyahu), American-Jewish reggae singer. 1979 AD

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“Israel is (…) where deserts bloom and pioneer stories are sentimentalized. Where a thorny,
sweet cactus is the symbol of the ideal Israeli. (…) Where my grandparents were not born,

but where they were saved. Where the year passes with the season of olives, of almonds,
of dates. (…) Where wine is religiously sweet. (…) Where laughter is the currency; jokes the
religion. (…) Where six citizens have won Nobel prizes in 50 years. (…) Where the language
in which Abraham spoke to Isaac before he was to sacrifice him has been resuscitated to
include the words for ‘sweatshirt’ and ‘schadenfreude’ and ‘chemical warfare’ and ‘press
conference’. (…) Where I was born; where my insides refuse to abandon.”

– Natalie Portman, Jewish-Israeli actress. 1981 AD

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“Israel has this democratic perspective which is very hard to find in the Middle
East. There are minorities in the Knesset, which is hard to find in the Middle East.
The democracy of Israel is something that we should all take an example from, as
well as the religiousness. I am a religious person and respect religion.”

Ceylan Özbudak, Turkish TV commentator and peace activist. 1982 AD

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“Turkey and Israel share common features that deepens their alliance. Both states are
officially secular while their people are predominantly religious. (…) Israel and Turkey being
secular prevents coercion, compulsion in the name of religion, and does not give ground
for hypocrisy. (…) In both Israel and Turkey, democratic awareness and democratic values
are more firmly rooted than any other country in the region. There is no room or tolerance
for dictatorship or despotic regimes. Another commonality between the people of Turkey and
Israel is that they do not have an overweening ambition to live a materialistic life in luxury. Both
have known hardship and they have both been nurtured from their spirituality and conviction.
(…) We both want peace, friendship, democracy, human rights, goodness, compassion and
love to be dominant in the region and we want to live a beautiful life together.”

– Sinem Tezyapar, Turkish political commentator and executive producer.


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“I was confronted by synagogues, mosques and churches, by Jews and Arabs
living together, by minorities playing huge parts in all areas of Israeli life, from
the military to the judiciary. It was shocking and eye-opening. This wasn’t the
evil Zionist Israel that I had been told about.”

Kasim Hafeez, Pakistani-British Muslim Zionist. 1984 AD

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“The Jews also suffered genocide and were expelled from their homeland. They were also rejected by everyone and forced to wander. Like us, they rebelled against imperial injustice when necessary and, despite their grievances, strived for peace whenever possible. Like us they were given a tiny sliver of their land back after centuries of suffering and persecution, land that nobody else had wanted to call home until then. Like us, they took that land despite their misgivings and forged a nation from a fractured and wounded people. And like us, they consistently show a willingness to compromise for the good of their people. I hope the Métis keep walking the same road as the Jewish people. Through their efforts, the Jews were able to preserve their identity despite terrible persecution and to revive their culture and language once back in their homeland. They never lost their sense of who they were, but neither did they lose sight of the importance of looking forward. Given their history, it would have been natural for them to become insular and reactionary. But instead, they work hard to be productive and are friendly even to countries that have caused them tremendous suffering. I want us to similarly make education and the preservation of our ancient culture a priority. I want us to continue to strive for peace and productivity. ”
– Ryan Bellerose, Aboriginal Canadian (Métis) activist and Zionist. 1988 AD

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“Israelis are awesome people – kindhearted, warm, forgiving, happy and
capable. Those qualities are all the more remarkable when you consider
the atrocious evil and hatred they have faced since day one of their
making the desert bloom. And they are drop dead sexy… so I don’t think
they’ll need too much goading to be fruitful and multiply.”

– Philippe Assouline, Canadian-Israeli lawyer, journalist and Zionist.

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“I suddenly discovered a world that I never knew existed. I discovered that
the Jews weren’t as bad as I was told growing up. I discovered that they
have a good side that I am drawn to. I identified with their principles and
the way they protect one another. I felt that I wanted to become
a part of this country.”
– Ala Wahib, Muslim Arab officer within the IDF.

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“The declaration that ‘salvation is from the Jews’ suggests our immeasurable
debt to Israel. All that we have worth having has come to us through the Jews.
Our Bible is a Jewish Book, and our Savior is a Jewish Savior. Let us never forget
to pray for God’s chosen people.”

S. Michael Houdmann, founder, president and CEO of Got Questions Ministries.

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“Modern Israel is the realization of our ancestors’ pleas before God to return the Jews
to Zion. Over two thousand years of Jewish prayers, imploring God, ‘return us to Zion,
we shall return to you,’ have borne fruit. As I watch the row of streaming Israeli flags
hanging from every window, the waving hands of every child on the streets of Jerusalem,
my thought turns to the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. I wonder if they, too, are
witnessing the miracle that is Israel.”

– Amichai Farkas, blogger of Stand for Israel.


Not the best friends, but still:

 

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“The main idea [of the Zionist movement] has always interested me, nay
sympathetically affected me. (…) I am convinced that the settlement of
the Holy Land by the financially strong and diligent People of Israel will
make the former achieve undreamt blossoming and blessing. (…) The
land has room for everyone. Just be sure to provide water and shade.
For the native population, too, the activities of the colonies can serve
as an inspiring model. Your movement, with which I am well acquainted,
contains a healthy idea.”

– Wilhelm II, 3rd German Emperor. 1859 – 1941 AD

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“I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now.
I believe it has a glorious future before it, not just as another
sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals
of our civilization.”

– Harry S. Truman, 33rd American President. 1884 – 1972 AD

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“Only Jews live here, only Jews work here, only Jews trade, bathe and dance here [in Tel Aviv]. The
language of the city was Hebrew, down to the menus in the restaurant. But though the language
was ancient, the city itself, with its broad avenues and attractive shops, had a thoroughly modern
and indeed Western look to it. Of the ‘East’ it had nothing, certainly not its lethargy and torpor. (…)
He suits the soil. The soil has reformed him and his kind in a decade. This new Jew will be a new people.
(…) The possibility of a significant Jewish return exists, despite Palestine’s underdeveloped economic
base, provided that Jews create their own homeland by working their own land. From such a return,
not just the Jews but the entire world would benefit, in that it points the way to curing a centuries-long
wound on the body of the world: the Jewish question.”

– Leopold von Mildenstein, Austrian writer and SS officer. 1902 – 1968 AD

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“In order to confer their lost nationality upon exiled Jews , the British with the help of the
League of Nations began to rehabilitate the old Hebrew country, Palestine, with its long lost
children. The Jews had maintained their race, religion, culture and language; and all they
wanted was their natural territory to complete their nationality. The reconstruction of the
Hebrew nation on Palestine is just an affirmation of the fact that country, race, religion,
culture and language must exist unequivocally together to form the nation idea.”

– Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, Indian nationalist. 1906 – 1973 AD

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“Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a
garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with:
guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know.
I believe that.”
– Richard Nixon, 37th American President. 1913 – 1994 AD

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“We recognize the legitimacy of Zionism as a Jewish nationalism. We insist
on the right of the state of Israel to exist within secure borders. (…) In my
experience I have found Jews to be more broadminded than most whites
on issues of race and politics, perhaps because they themselves have
historically been victims of prejudice.”

– Nelson Mandela, 1st South African President. 1918 – 2013 AD

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“We have a committment to the preservation of Israel as a nation, to the
security of Israel, the right of the Israeli people, who have suffered so much,
to live in peace that is absolutely permanent and unshakeable. The ties that
bind the people of the United States and the people of Israel together, the ties
of blood, kinship, ties of history, ties of common religious beliefs, the dream,
centuries old, of the founding of the new nation of Israel have been realized.”
– Jimmy Carter, 39th American President. 1924 AD

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“In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They
almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless
ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with
the Jews.”

– Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African cleric and activist. 1931 AD

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“Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is
an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic.”

– Recep T. Erdoğan, 25th Turkish Prime Minister. 1954 AD

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“Israel has built a prosperous nation, through kibbutzim that made the
desert bloom, business that broadened the middle class, innovators who
reached new frontiers, from the smallest microchip to the orbits of space.
Israel has established a thriving democracy with a spirited civil society and
proud political parties and a tireless free press and a lively public debate –
lively may be an understatement. And Israel has achieved all this even as
it’s overcome relentless threats to its security, through the courage of the
Israel Defense Forces and a citizenry that is so resilient in the face of terror.
This is the story of Israel. This is the work that has brought the dreams of
so many generations to life.”

– Barack Hussein Obama II, 44th American President. 1961 AD

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“You in Lebanon, your power is no match to Israel. Israel, militarily, is
more powerful than you and maybe it is more powerful than all the
Arab countries, or most of them.”

– Bashar al-Assad, Alawite and 16th Syrian President. 1965 AD
Collection by Chico Nooij http://quotesofzion.weebly.com/

 

 

Don’t take your pants off for Israel

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a response to a provocative pro-Israel OpEd that was published on an anti-Zionist website. After consulting with some wise friends, I decided to place my response on hold and not publish it because the response, by its nature, would provide more attention to the piece that it was referring to, when I would rather that it just disappear, less noticed, in the flow of information being posted on the web.

The author of the piece I am referring to is a friend and a colleague, and one whom I would like to think shares common goals and core values. Inevitably, the offensive OpEd piece has rolled down the time-line and I doubt that it is fresh in anyone’s memory. Had I published my comments then, there is a good chance that it would have opened a discussion and raked in more popularity.

So why, you might ask, am I bringing this up now? Subsequently, the author of this piece went on to produce a YouTube spoof of an American popular recording artist. My feelings about the video, like the OpEd before it, were ambivalent. On one hand, I am glad to see Jews making a clear and eloquent argument for Zionism. I also appreciate the perspectives of people who see things from different angles than my own.

But now, as a second YouTube video spoof has been launched, a realization of what is so wrong with these productions is becoming clear to me. Zionism, for me, is about restoring the dignity of the Jewish people. The basis of our rights to freedom, safety and self determination do not come from Thomas Jefferson and the U.S. Constitution, nor do they have any affiliation with some musical striptease artist from MTV.

The Jewish people are a holy nation with a rich and ancient history and culture. The public relations concept that calls for re-branding Israel using cold beer and beautiful girls in bikinis on the beaches of Tel Aviv is self defeating and degrading to our heritage.

We did not gather from four corners of the earth and fight endless wars for the right to be a cheap imitation of America here in the middle of the desert in the Middle East. I do not believe that showing Jewish women’s bare skin is going to convince the nations of the world that we have a right to the land that the IDF captured in 1967. But I do have reason to believe that our expression of our loss of traditional values and our imports of the American culture of permissiveness are a big part of what scares our neighbors and leads them to mistakenly conclude that Zionism is a front for western imperialism.

Please do not make that mistake. The Jewish people have returned to our homeland in order to fulfill an historic calling: to be a light unto the nations – a people with values worth imitating. Our mission is not to be a Hebrew speaking, gun-toting western society with no values. That, we could do in Los Angeles.

So, with great appreciation for your good intentions and creativity, I request that you put your clothes back on and preach a message that we can all take pride in.

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