From the pogroms of czarist Russia to the shores of Palestine, Leo Pinsker, Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl, Israel Zangwill, and Ze’ev Jabotinsky dreamed, advocated, hoped, and devoted themselves to the Zionist cause.
All passed from the scene before the watershed moment on May 14, 1948, when Israel was born, but it was they who laid the groundwork for its creation. Historian Benzion Netanyahu has produced profiles and impressions of these five giants.
The Founding Fathers of Zionism is an intimate yet sweeping look at the lives of these men. The result is history as thrilling as it is necessary, for the ideas championed by the founding fathers of Zionism are as relevant today, for Israel and the West, as they were when first espoused.
- 232 pages
- Essential reading for all who love Israel
Founding Fathers of Zionism
Born in Poland, Benzion Netanyahu came to Palestine in 1920 at the age of 10. While a student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he became involved in Zionist activities.
Through his writing and political work, he went on to become a key figure in the drive for statehood, and following the establishment of the state of Israel, Netanyahu devoted himself to his historical research.
His classic work, The Origins of the Inquisition, cemented his reputation as a historian of international renown. Netanyahu is Professor Emeritus at Cornell University and lives in Jerusalem.