that Theodor Herzl sought a mother country, or rather what I'd call a “great-power patron,” courting the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and the Kaiser of Germany. His successor as head of the Zionist movement, Chaim Weizmann, succeeded with Great Britain, procuring the Balfour Declaration and Britain's creation of the Jewish Agency for Palestine.
What triggered the ire of Cohen and Radosh into a heated exchange with Peled after delivering their papers, was the latter's assertion that Israel's 1967 Six Day War was not defensive. He focused entirely on the technically correct fact that Israel had attacked first, neglecting to mention such key details as Egypt's expulsion of UN peacekeepers and its blockade of Eilat. When pressed by Prof. Cohen on what if any Israeli military actions he regarded as legitimate self-defense, Peled named only the 1948 and 1973 wars (including the cutting but accurate observation that the '73 war might have been avoided if Golda Meir had responded to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's earlier peace feelers).