“I would like to begin with the strange fact that the state of Israel exists.” That is how the philosopher Isaiah Berlin, speaking in 1953, introduced his address to a Zionist association. Today, the existence of Israel is more likely to be taken for granted by Zionists. But in fact, for sheer unexpectedness, few turns of history can compete with it.
Three Turning Points that Led to the Birth of the State of Israel
At each point—1897, 1917, and 1947—one Jewish leader appeared, and showed greatness.