“Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word, it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today l would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years perhaps, and certainly in fifty years, everyone will perceive it.”
119 years ago on this day in 1897, 200 people from 17 countries met in Basel for the First #Zionist Congress, that was chaired by Theodor Herzl and had Hatikvah as its anthem. Herzl was right.
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