How the Declaration of Independence landed us in a state
The Declaration of Independence emphasizes the deep connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, but is vague about borders and the type of regime. How has this formulation affected the character of the state?
Theodor Herzl was well aware of the importance of the Land of Israel in Jewish religion and history, and the bulk of his efforts were aimed at bringing about the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine. But he was ready to consider other possibilities: Argentina, East Africa. Had those suggestions been accepted, it’s unlikely that Zionism would have developed into a broad national movement or gained the...
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