Ze'ev Jabotinsky

The Fundamentals of the Betarian World Outlook (1934)

1. The mission of Betar: The duty and aim of Betar is very simple though difficult: to create that type

of Jew which the nation needs in order to better and quicker build a Jewish state. In other words, to create a “normal,” “healthy” citizen for the Jewish nation. The greatest difficulty is encountered because, as a nation, the Jews today are neither “normal” nor “healthy” and life in Diaspora affects the intelligent upbringing of normal and healthy citizens...


2. The Jewish state: The basis of the Betarian viewpoint consists of one idea: the Jewish state. In this simple idea however, lies a deep meaning indeed. What do the nations of the world symbolize? They symbolize that every nation must contribute its own share to the common culture of humanity, a share which is distinguished by its own specific spirit. . . . For this purpose, every nation must possess its own “laboratory,” a country wherein the nation alone is master and can freely suit the common life in accordance with its own conception of good and evil. . . .




Many of the adherents of the present national revival maintain that they are secularists. If a Jewish secular nationalism really were imaginable, then we would, indeed, be in danger of falling so low as to be beyond redemption. But Jewish secular nationalism is a form of self-delusion: the spirit of Israel is so closely linked to the spirit of God that a Jewish nationalist, no matter how secularist his intention may be, must, despite himself, affirm the divine. An individual can sever the tie that binds him to life eternal, but the House of Israel cannot. All of its most cherished national possessions—its land, language, history, and customs—are vessels of the spirit of the Lord.