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Oct 29, 1898 Herzl and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany in Palestine

Herzl meets Kaiser Wilhelm IIJerusalem

Conclusion of my Address to the Kaiser:

This is the fatherland of ideas which do not belong to one people or to one creed alone. The farther men advance in their morality, the more clearly do they recognize the common elements in these ideas. And thus the actual city of Jerusalem, with its fateful walls, has long since become a symbolic city sacred to all civilized men.  ­

An emperor of peace is making a great entry into this eternal city. We Jews greet your majesty at this exalted moment, wish­ing from the bottom of our hearts that an age of peace and jus­tice may dawn for all men. Including ourselves.

Source: Diaries of Theodore Herzl, Central Zionist Archive

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