I would remind the readers of Mondoweiss that YoniFalic is a self proclaimed hater of Judaism , who has stated that the Holocaust was “blowback”. He is also a self-confessed war criminal, murderer of innocent Palestinian civilians . Now he states that Hitler got his ideas from… Max Nordau!
As to Herzl’s novel, YoniFalic concentrates on the early part , where Palestine is described as backward and destitute. Herzl was setting the stage for what happens later:
“Löwenberg and Kingscourt spend the following twenty years on the island, cut off from civilization. As they stop over in Palestine on their way back to Europe in 1923, they are astonished to discover a land drastically transformed. A Jewish state officially named the “New Society” has since risen as European Jews have rediscovered and re-inhabited their Altneuland, reclaiming their own destiny in the Land of Israel. The country, whose leaders include some old acquaintances from Vienna, is now prosperous and well-populated, boasts a thriving cooperative industry based on state-of-the-art technology, and is home to a free, just, and cosmopolitan modern society. Arabs have full equal rights with Jews, with an Arab engineer among the New Society’s leaders, and most merchants in the country are Armenians, Greeks, and members of other ethnic groups. The duo arrives at the time of a general election campaign, during which a fanatical rabbi establishes a political platform arguing that the country belongs exclusively to Jews and demands non-Jewish citizens be stripped of their voting rights, but is ultimately defeated.”