IsraelPresident John Adams: 1797-1801

I really wish the Jews again in Judaea, an independent Nation, for, as I Believe, the most enlightened men of it have participated in the amelioration of the philosophy of the age; once restored to an independent government, and no longer persecuted, they would soon wear away some of the asperities and peculiarities of their character. I wish your nation may be admitted to all the privileges of nations in every part of the world. This country [America] has done much; I wish it may do more, and annul every narrow idea in religion, government and commerce.”

Source: Gervasi, Frank. The Case For Israel. P 199.