A Jubilee for Israel

These articles were originally published May 1998 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

"And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled"
(Luke 21:29-32)

Diary Entry of Theodor Herzl
First Zionist Congress
August 29, 1897
"If I had to sum up the Basel Congress in one word–which I shall not do openly–it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish state.

"If I were to say this today, I would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years, perhaps, and certainly in fifty, everyone will perceive it."