In an astonishing conclusion (written in 1932 and repeated in 1937) Herzog writes: "The difficulty in question is therefore a matter which could only arise in the Messianic age and need not enter into any practical calculations affecting the reconstitution of the Jewish State in Palestine. But, of course, in view of the actual position the idea of a Jewish State in Palestine (as distinct from a Jewish National Home), quite irrespective of the restoration of the Temple, is, itself, rather a Messianic hope than a question of practical politics."
Little did Herzog realize when he wrote this that not only would a Jewish State be established but that he would become its first Chief Rabbi.
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