The World Zionist Organization is committed to promoting Zionism & the Zionist idea and the Zionist enterprise through Israel Education as vital and positive elements of contemporary Jewish life, in accordance with the principles articulated in the Jerusalem Program
The World Zionist Organization was founded at the initiative of Theodore Herzl at the First Zionist Congress which took place in August 1897 in Basle, Switzerland.
When it was founded, the goals of the Zionist movement were stated in a resolution that came of that Congress and came to be known as the “Basle Program.”
Zionism aims at establishing for the Jewish people a legally assured home in Eretz Yisrael. To achieve this purpose, the following means shall be employed:
- Promoting the settlement of Jewish farmers, artisans, and tradesmen inPalestine.
- Organizing and uniting the whole of Jewry through effective local and international means in accordance with the laws of each country.
- Strengthening of the Jewish national sentiment and national consciousness though Israel education with shlichim.
- Preparatory steps toward obtaining the consent of governments, where necessary, in order to achieve the goals of Zionism.