In the Jewish State, everyone is equal before the law – Jews and Arabs, men and women, rich and poor. A reality where we decide for ourselves, on our own, for our own good, is an immense and rare treasure."
Israel President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin Yesterday, Wednesday 30 October / 1 Cheshvan, at the first Herzl Conference on Contemporary Zionism held by the World Zionist Organization. The conference, this evening and tomorrow, is being held at the Herzl Center and examines how Herzl’s vision has become reality in Israeli society, under the title of ‘From Vision to Reality’. The conference considers the achievements, the activity and the strategy of Zionism in the 21st century. Chair of the WZO Executive, Avraham Duvdevani, also spoke at the event.
The president spoke about Herzl’s concept of the status of the State of Israel as a sovereign state: “The emancipation of the Jews of Europe gave them individual rights, if they were willing to sacrifice their collective identity. But this promise was breached, and even as citizens of equal rights the Jews were discriminated against at every turn, culminating in the ugliness of the Dreyfuss trial. It is no coincidence that Herzl wrote time and time again about the supremacy of justice. In some deep way, the rule of law and the sovereignty of the Jewish people were, for Herzl, synonymous. The principle of equality before the law is the full and complete realization of the sovereignty of the Jewish people.”