As part of our seventieth anniversary celebrations of the birth of the Modern State of Israel we held a public celebration in the center of Hastings on Sunday 13th May 2018 attended by 300 people. The following day we placed this full page in the NZ Herald, Dominion Post and all the Hawkes Bay papers.
The 28th Zionist Congress Jerusalem, 1968 adopted the following five principles, known as the “Jerusalem Program”, as the aims of contemporary Zionism:  The unity of the Jewish people and the centrality of Israel in Jewish life The ingathering of the Jewish people in the historic homeland, Eretz Israel, through aliyah from all countries The strengthening of the State of Israel, based on the “prophetic vision of justice and peace” The preservation of the identity of the Jewish people through the fostering of Jewish, Hebrew and Zionist education and of Jewish spiritual and cultural values The protection of Jewish rights everywhere. The election of 1977, characterized as “the revolution”, brought the nationalistic, right-wing, Revisionist Zionist, Likud Party to power,  after thirty years in opposition to the dominant Labor party and indicated further movement to the political right. Joel Greenburg, writing in The New York Times twenty years after the election, notes its significance and that of related events; he writes:  The seed was sown in 1977, when Menachem Begin of Likud brought his party to power for the first time in a stunning election victory over Labor.