The Political World of American Zionism

By Samuel Halperin | Go to book overview

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epilogue: the zionist movement from 1945 to the establishment of israel

With the Axis humbled by the combined forces of the United Nations, the time was ripe for a full-scale Zionist offensive to win the support of the American government and the United Nations for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. Such a campaign could proceed, in the view of the Zionist leadership, upon the firm foundation of an American public opinion in very large measure favorable to its demands. It remained only for organized Zionists to direct this favorable opinion in such a manner that it would eventually be reflected in the highest places. In the firm belief that "the most effective representation in a democracy is through organized public opinion," Zionists set out to channel their popular support into legitimate, but forceful, influence on the American government. "If our cause is just," contended Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, the acknowledged leader of American Zionism,

...let the American people speak up -- its ministers and educators, its writers and journalists, its leaders of capital and labor, its State Legislators, its Congressmen and Senators, of both political parties, Republicans and Democrats alike.... Let them make known their will to our Government and to our Chief Executive. ...Let us rally all men of good will everywhere in the world. ...Let a mighty chorus of voices rise to the ears of the men whom destiny has chosen for great decisions. Let these men become aware, and be guided and sustained in their own purpose by their awareness, that our cause is overwhelmingly approved by the people of America and of Great Britain, and that it is one of the great and urgent causes of our day in which mankind as a whole is deeply concerned.1

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