Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 4 April 2014

"I'm An Unapologetic Zionist" (video)

Here's a pleasant video (courtesy of the Jewish Chronicle) which shouldn't get anybody's hackles up: historian Stephen Schama (whose wonderful television series on Jewish history has been showing in Australia) in conversation with Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard in December last year. Towards the end Schama explains why he's "an unapologetic Zionist"; note the warm applause.

1 comment:

  1. The final part dealing with modern day Israel is not great. It's disappointing he didn't weigh into the palestinians constant lies about history, if only he would refer to the pig eating philistines in that episode.
    His comment about not being in a position to judge the security barrier is good:
    "I want to say that nobody, including me, ultimately has the moral right to say that the Wall shouldn't have some sense if you don't live in Israel - I don't live in Israel - you're morally obliged to be nearly silent, nearly silent."
    But then he goes onto misrepresent Jabotinsky's Iron Wall.