Our hope is not yet lost... To be a free people in our land -- Hatikvah
Zionism is a movement of national liberation. It is simply the belief that we are like any other people and that like any other people we are entitled to a state to call our own. That state is Israel. It is in our ancestral homeland. That part of our hope has been realized for over 60 years. Israel is not a perfect state, but it is the Jewish state. It is a place where we can be Jews in a Jewish land. It is a place where we can determine our own fate. It is a place where we are the top rungs of society and bottom rungs and everything in between.Indeed.
For 2,000 years we wandered. For 2,000 years we were dependent upon the goodwill and tolerance of others. For 2,000 years our fate was outside our own hands. When Israel came into existence all that change. Suddenly we controlled our own fate. Yes, her neighbors refused to accept her and launched a war to annihilate her. Even today, most countries in the Middle East do not officially recognize Israel's right to exist. Still, despite that, Israel is a little piece of land that we, as a people, can call our own. It is a country we can be proud of, even if we do not agree with every decision her government makes. It is a place that we know will accept us in times of trouble. No longer do we have to worry about where we will flee if our neighbors ever turn against us.
There is a country that will accept us.
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