by Shlomo Avineri. Translated by Haim Watzman. Published by BlueBridge, Katonah, NY, 2014. First American edition. Hardcover. cloth. 275pp. Fine in Fine dust jacket.
“Theodor Herzl had been a successful Viennese journalist and a less successful playwright with no political ambitions. That changed in 1896, when he published The Jewish State. In response to the wide resonance that the book received, Herzl convened the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897, which founded the Zionist Organization in order to establish a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, recognized and guaranteed by public international law”