Quotation from Theodor Herzl “I want you to… put the stamp of your authority on the Zionist plan” — Jan. 11 1902

Expressing his admiration for the colonial adventurer Cecil Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia, in a draft letter written in his diary.

Author : Thematics :
" You are the only man who can help me now….it is a big- some say, too big –thing. To me, it does not seem too big for Cecil Rhodes…You are being invited to help make history. That cannot frighten you, nor will you laugh at it. It is not in your accustomed line; it doesn't involve Africa, but a piece of Asia Minor, not Englishmen but Jews. But had this been on your path, you would have done it by now. How, then, do I happen to turn to you, since this is an out-of-the-way matter for you? How indeed? Because it is something colonial., and because it presupposes an understanding of a development that requires 20 to 30 years…[Y]ou, Mr. Rhodes, are a visionary politician or a practical visionary… I want you to... put the stamp of your authority on the Zionist plan and to make the following declaration to a few people who swear by you: I, Rhodes have examined this plan and found it correct and practicable. It is a plan full of culture, excellent for the group of people for whom it is directly designed, and quite good for England, for Greater Britain… "

T. Herzl, The Complete Diaries of Theodore Herzl (New York Herzl Press and Thomas Yoseloff, 1960), III, p. 1194.


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