Revisionist Zionism

Shaped by Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Revisionist Zionists envisioned a “new Jew.” Before the creation of Israel, they were fierce advocates for creating a Jewish-majority state in the British Mandate for Palestine and establishing strong Jewish self-defense.


Revisionist Zionism balances individual rights with communal needs, aiming to blend Jewish traditions and Western liberalism. It is driven by a robust sense of nationalism.


“Ninety percent of Zionism may consist of tangible settlement work and only ten percent of politics, but those ten percent are the precondition of success.”

—Ze’ev Jabotinsky


The Revisionists opposed the policies of the World Zionist Congress and the election and methods of Chaim Weizmann in 1925. 

Their demands were as follows: 

  1. Re-establishment of the Jewish legion as part of the British army in the Mandate.
  2. Development of a Jewish trust to maintain economic activity. 
  3. Conduct a political offensive to induce the British to uphold the promise of the Balfour Declaration.

Later, this came to include a system for mass Jewish immigration and a more aggressive state-building timeframe.


Source: “The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland—Then, Now, Tomorrow” by Gil Troy

Scroll to Top