Prelude to Israel: An Analysis of Zionist Diplomacy, 1897-1947

Prelude to Israel: An Analysis of Zionist Diplomacy, 1897-1947

Prelude to Israel: An Analysis of Zionist Diplomacy, 1897-1947

Prelude to Israel: An Analysis of Zionist Diplomacy, 1897-1947

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The object of this book is to analyse the nature of Zionism and to give a candid picture of the movement in operation, concentrating on the diplomatic activities of its leadership. It is to show the origin of a political movement, the formulation of its aim, and the implementation of policies designed to fulfil that aim. It is to examine the modern political phenomenon of Zionism in historical perspective and to demonstrate its unity of purpose and consistency of action. It is to throw light on the whole story of Zionist political activity, for it is a duty of the historian to bring clarity and completeness of narrative to his subject. His mission is to render a true picture of that subject, interpreting to show the relation between facts, but not to pass moral judgment. Today, the story of Zionist diplomacy is obscure, but the inevitable course of historical investigation will some day make it otherwise. It is to that task that this book is dedicated.

This book also has a secondary purpose. It seeks not only to engender a clearer concept of the nature and history of Zionism, but also to dispel certain misconceptions about the movement. For example, Zionism is frequently regarded as a religious movement. In actual fact, however, it is fundamentally secular, and its leaders have regarded it as such. Zionism is an answer to the secular problem of anti-Semitism. Its basic premise is that the only solution to this problem is the creation of a Jewish state and the attribution of national status to Jewish character. In a deeper sense, it is the reaction of East European Jewry to ghetto life in Russia, Poland and Germany. It was here that the movement started, not in the West, where great strides in the assimilation of Jews have been made. In time, however, the movement spread, for the founders realized that they could not justify their premise without the support of world Jewry. In their search for the support of all Jews, the . . .

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