Message from Avraham Duvdevani,
Chairman of the World Zionist Organization
During the 36th Zionist Congress (2010/5771), the world Zionist movement took stock of itself. With confidence in its inherent strength and with the conviction that its historic role was not over, the Zionist movement set out, under the banner, "The Zionist Movement in Perpetual Renewal".
More than sixty years have passed since the realization of our two-thousand-year hope to be a free people in our own country. The passing of time and the ordinariness of daily living have made the miracle that took place seem commonplace and the passion of Zionism has grown weaker. It has become apparent that here, too, in our own State of Israel, it is not possible to live without the Zionist spirit. We shall therefore continue settling the land as needed, instill and deepen Zionist values among our youth, spread Jewish culture to the periphery, and continue to develop programs that bring about change in many spheres of activity in Israel.
We will strive to be a normal people living in its own country, on its own land, with its own culture and language. We will work towards creating a country whose people have a shared destiny and purpose, a country which renews its values and integrates them into a life of quality, in order to become an inspiration for aliyah for tens of thousands of young people from all the lands of the Diaspora.
Despite the glorious past of the Zionist movement, only some of its goals have been achieved.
Most Jewish people still live in the Diaspora. The scope of aliyah from western countries is extremely small, both in terms of the needs of our country and the challenges that can be offered to olim, as well as the potential that exists in those countries.
The primary role and the greatest challenge of the Zionist movement today is to
encourage aliyah by choice from the free world.
We will expand and deepen Zionist educational activities in the Diaspora in order to create the appropriate feeling and atmosphere needed to promote aliyah.
Together, we can successfully deal with tomorrow's challenges for the Jewish people.