by Daniel Pipes
Cross-posted from National Review Online
Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) wrote in his diary on Sep. 3, 1897, three days after the close in Basel of the Zionist Organization’s First Zionist Congress that he chaired:
in Basel habe ich den Judenstaat gegründet. Wenn ich das heute laut sagte, würde mir ein universelles Gelächter antworten. Vielleicht in fünf Jahren, jedenfalls in fünfzig wird es jeder einsehen.
(at Basel, I founded the Jewish State. Were I today to say this in public, it would be greeted with universal laughter. Perhaps in five years, certainly in fifty, everyone will see [the truth of] this.)
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Fifty years later to the day, on Sep. 3, 1947, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) presented its Report to the General Assembly calling for the end of the British Mandate and proposed a Plan of Partition of Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state.
On Nov. 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly passed UNSCOP’s plan almost without changes as Resolution 181, thereby formally recognizing “the Jewish State” that Herzl had foreseen.
|The “Palestine Post” reported the General Assembly vote lacking a sense of its historic importance.|
(September 3, 2017)