chapter  12
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A Zionist explains how his movement can help German Jews

Chaim Arlosoroff wrote this article for Germany’s leading Zionist newspaper, Jüdische Rundschau, in support of the negotiations that eventually led to the Haavara agreement.

I shall not join the theoretical argument over whether Palestine is the solution to the situation of German Jews. . . . But we must not ignore the fact that, unlike other programmes, Palestine is not a temporary solution or an asylum for the night. What we are doing in Palestine carries the stamp of permanence, and it is being carried out in an atmosphere of self-help and self-determination, which no other country in the world can give us. Thus our accomplishments depend largely upon planning and organization. In my opinion, such planning needs to be spread over several years, let’s say a programme of three or four years . . .