“US Vice President Joe Biden was the first visiting foreign dignitary to lay a wreath at the tomb of Zionist Theodor Herzl on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem within the framework of activities to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herzl. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, visited Mt. Herzl on Tuesday March 9, 2010. They were accompanied by World Zionist Organization Executive member Adv.
Hagai Meirom and Director of the Mount Herzl site Jacob Gispan. The World Zionist Organization is responsible for the maintenance and development of Mt. Herzl and operates the adjacent Herzl Museum and educational center. Merom gave Biden a copy of Herzl’s book, Altneuland, a novel devoted to Zionism. In response Biden said: “You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist. I also see myself as a Zionist.””

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