The Rise of Zion

Chapter 4 of Somewhere South of Suez by Douglas Reed, world renowned journalist until 1950 or so when he was ostracized from the publishing community due to his outing of Zionism as having an end game much larger than just the creation of a small state in the Middle East called Israel.

“SURVEYED from a balcony over Durban, the rise of Zion appears to me something new in a world which otherwise is ever the same, the more it changes. The Roman Empire and the Church of Rome in their day wielded great power over vast areas, but they were visible bodies and their sway was limited, in practice, to Europe. Political Zionism (as distinct from the religious Jew’s vision of an Arabian paradise) seems to me a once secret conspiracy for power and territory, pursued in all great countries of the world through power over public men and now partly revealed through successful accomplishment. The method was never tested on a grand scale before and the rate and range of Zionist progress have been too great for the masses to comprehend while it was happening.

No empire in history rose by such means. It has all been achieved in a half-century (save for the forethought that went before) by bending Gentile politicians to the Zionist will, and the future historian ought to be stupefied by the triumphs reached, even if the end be a mighty fall. For over thirty years political leaders of the Christian West have grouped themselves like Rodin’s Burghers of Calais, with a Zionist halter round their necks. If their motives were as noble as those self-sacrificing patriots’, the final event might sadly deceive their posterity.

The magnitude of these events is best seen, again, if they are surveyed as a mountain range on the plains of time. From smallest foothill to present peak they occupy but fifty years and now dominate the present landscape and cast great shadows into the future. Only in 1882 came the first whisper of Political Zionism from the ghettoes of Russia, where a community of people lived hardly known to the great Christian world, and not till 1897 did Theodor Herzl convene his first Zionist Congress at Basle. He said: “From the first moment I entered the Zionist movement my eyes were directed toward England, because I saw by reason of the general conditions there the Archimedean point where the lever could be applied.” By the Sixth Congress, in 1903, Max Nordeau said: “Let me tell you the following words as if I were showing you the rungs of a ladder leading upward and upward: Herzl, the Zionist Congress, the English Uganda proposition, the future World War, the peace conference where, with the help of England, a free and Jewish Palestine will be created.” Here is foreknowledge of the highest order; it may be compared with the flounderings of Mr. Chamberlain or President Roosevelt.”

To read whole chapter click here, then go to pages 157-170

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