Magshimey Herut is a Zionist movement
We unabashedly embrace Zionism as the legitimate term to describe the just aspirations of the Jewish people for normal, sovereign national life in its national homeland.
- The ingathering of the majority of world Jewry into the Land of Israel
- Jewish settlement throughout the homeland
- The incorporation of the entire Land into the free nation-state of
the Jewish people, the State of Israel
What is demanded of us is action
We are far from these goals. Like the founding fathers of Zionism who dedicated their lives to the establishment of a state, we must dedicate ourselves to finishing the Zionist task.
Ours is an awesome responsibility
Although for the first time in two millennia there is a Jewish state, it is engaged in constant struggle for its continued existence. It is up to us to guarantee its future. We gladly accept the responsibility and commit ourselves to constant struggle in order to ensure the welfare of Israel and the fulfillment of Zionism.
I did not learn my Zionism from the works of Achad Haam, not even from Herzl and Nordau. I learned how to be a Zionist from the Gentiles. The best part of my youth I spent in Rome, where I made a careful study of the Italians. At the turn of the century, Italy was a free and pleasant country, liberal, peace-loving, carefree without the slightest trace of chauvinism – just a country almost 100 per cent Italian, harming nobody, persecuting no one. ‘This is how every nation should live and us Jews too’. I said to myself. Now sometimes I hear the argument that this Gentile Zionist school was detrimental, because Zionism must be nourished exclusively from Jewish sources with all the accompanying hair-splitting – for and against. But it is my view that this approach is incorrect. There is no hair-splitting in Zionism. There is also no for or against. Zionism is water and air, valley and hill. It is enough for one to observe the world of the Almighty in order to learn the wisdom of it all. And whether that corner of the world of the Almighty that one observes be Italy, France or England – it is of no consequence
-Ze’ev Jabotinsky (‘By Intellect’, 1934, On Literature and Art)