Theodor Herzl

The Jewish State (1896)

We are one people—our enemies have made us one without our consent, as repeatedly happens

in history. Distress binds us together, and, thus united, we

suddenly discover our strength. Yes, we are strong enough to form a state, and, indeed, a model state. We possess all human and material resources necessary for the purpose...

Palestine is our ever-memorable historic home. The very name of Palestine would attract our people with a force of marvelous potency...

Here it is, fellow Jews! Neither fable nor deception!

Therefore I believe that a wondrous generation of Jews will spring into existence. The Maccabeans will rise again.

Let me repeat once more my opening words: The Jews who wish for a state will have it. We shall live at last as free people on our own soil, and die peacefully in our own homes.

The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness.

And whatever we attempt there to accomplish for our own welfare, will react powerfully and beneficially for the good of humanity.