(Maoz Israel) -- There is not an Israeli school child anywhere in the world who has not heard of Theodore Herzl—the Father of Modern Israel. But few people—in or out of Israel—have ever heard of William Hechler.
Yet many historians concede if it weren't for Pastor Hechler, Herzl would probably never have been anything more than an obscure, eccentric, minor Austrian newspaper columnist. This is a story about Theodore Herzl, William Hechler ... and yes, divine intervention.
Hechler's father, an Anglican priest, had a deep admiration and respect for the Jewish people. This love for God's chosen people profoundly influenced his son. In fact, it consumed him.
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Since the Protestant Reformation starting in the early sixteenth century—there had been pockets of Christian lovers of Zion throughout Europe and the United States. This was in spite of the fact the Reformation's pioneer, Martin Luther, hated the Jewish people.