Having just celebrated Israel’s 66th birthday this week, here is my list of the greatest Zionists. among so many deserving:
1. Theodore Herzl—Visionary and a genius for political advocacy and organizing.
2. Eliezer Ben Yehudah—Reviver of Hebrew as a spoken language.
3. Chaim Weitzmann—Finest Zionist diplomat and first president of Israel.
4. David Ben Gurion—The Israeli George Washington.
5. Yigael Yadin—Soldier, scholar, archeologist: Masada, Dead Sea Scrolls.
6. Golda Meir—Prodigious fundraiser and diplomat before Prime Minister.
7. Moshe Dayan—Swashbuckling general and epitome of the new Israeli.
8. Menachem Begin—Right-wing Prime Minster who made peace with Egypt.
9. Abba Eban—Urbane diplomat and voice of Israel to the world.
10. Yitzhak Rabin—Soldier-turned-Prime Minster who shook Arafat’s hand.
Previous posts in this series include:
The Rabbi’s Top Ten: The Best of Everything Jewish
The Rabbi’s Top 10 Jewish Foods
The Rabbi’s Top 10 Jewish Modern Events
The Rabbi's Top Ten Israeli History Events