Known as “the father of Zionism” Herzl was a Jewish Austro-Hungarian journalist who wrote “Der Judenstaat” (The Jewish State) in 1896 which proposed the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine (modern day Israel) to avoid growing prejudice toward Jews in Europe.
The pamphlet (later published as a book) gained widespread attention, which included the support of a Christian reverend named William Hechler (known as the first “Christian Zionist) who believed “the second coming of Christ” depended on the Jews return to “their” homeland. Hechler was well connected and managed to introduce Herzl to German royalty, which although did not gain him access or promise to a future homeland for the Jews, it did serve its purpose in gaining more support amongst the public for the cause of Zionism, which is to say the movement for the establishment of a Jewish homeland. Although this cause seems noble enough on the surface, you will find it is much more questionable than what we have been led to believe to say the least.
Herzl and his affiliates were offered Uganda by the British and even Mesopotamia (Present day Iran-Iraq valley), but turned them down. Of course, we could argue these options were turned down by Herzl because Palestine is the “Holy land” from which he and his supporters feel entitled based on an ancient “promise” in the Bible. This argument, however popular it may be, is simply not accurate. According to Herzls own words written in his diary whilst seeking financial support from the powerhouse banking family of the Rothschilds, “I can only use this… Sinai peninsula, Egyptian Palestine. Cyprus.” Herzl then asked Lord Rothschild “Are you for it?” who in turn grinned and answered “very much.” From this we quickly learn that it is not the “promised land” Herzl and his affiliates are after but an area, presumably one of geostrategic importance and judging by the money minded Lord Rothschilds response, rich in natural resources.
But what could this of been about then if it is not the “promised land”? According to Colonel Curtis Dall, author of “Israel’s Five Trillion Dollar Secret”, banking firm and son in law of forme US president Franklin D. Roosevelt;
“The well veiled objective of the Zionists backed by the Rothschilds financial interests was to acquire valid title to the Dead sea and its vast, inexhaustible deposits of potash and other valuable minerals, estimated by experts to be worth several thousand billion dollars.”
The root of Zion-Palestine conflict can be traced to the shady dealings of the British imperialists who, in pursuit of victory through different alliances in WW1, both promised the Arabs the land of Palestine (through “Lawrence of Arabia” who was so ashamed of these deliberate lies became suicidal according to his own diary and the McMahon – Hussein agreement) and the Zionists through the Balfour declaration (which is another story in its own right, one that will have enormous ramifications on propagated history).
This is where the roots of the conflict today can be traced. This, however, does not even begin to scratch the surface on the terrorism that has been used on the Palestinian population to remove them from their homeland.