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origins of Political Zionism.
goal is not to be attained immediately. It lies in a near or a more
distant future. It is an ideal, a wish, a hope, just as Messianic Zionism
was and is. But the new Zionism, which is called political, is
distinguished from the old religious Messianic Zionism in this, that it
repudiates all mysticism, and does not rely upon the return to Palestine
to be accomplished by a miracle, but is resolved to bring it about through
its own efforts.
National Self- Consciousness of the Jews.
new Zionism has partly arisen out of the inner impulses of Jewry, out of
the enthusiasm of modern educated Jews for their history and martyrology,
out of the awakened consciousness of their racial fitness, out of their
ambition to preserve the ancient stock to as distant a future as possible
and to follow up the worthy deeds of ancestors with worthy deeds of
it is also partly the effect of two influences that have come from
without: first, the national idea that has dominated European thought and
feeling for half a century and determined international politics;
secondly, Anti-Semitism, under which the Jews of all countries have to
suffer more or less.
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