In 1897, the First Zionist Congress was held in a riverside resort in the city of Basel, Switzerland. Led by journalist Theodore Herzl, the conference helped kick off the Zionist Organization, and the Zionist movement in general.
Now, 125 years later, Herzl’s dream has come true. The State of Israel is alive and well, and in fact thriving, though by no means is it without challenges, many of them serious.
So what would Herzl think of today’s Israel? Surely he would be proud of the country, but what challenges would still be keeping him up at night, and what issues would he still be driven to address?
In this week’s podcast, we sit down with Professor Gil Troy. Professor Troy is an author and noted historian who has written extensively about Theodore Herzl and the Zionist movement, from Herzl until today.
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