the original zionists were the British elite at the height of the British Empire and they were Restorationists like Cecil Rhodes. "Restorationists" were about restoring Israel as a nation and making it the capital of the world.
The British had their own version of "Manifest Destiny". The British thought they were chosen by God to rule the Earth and that that Rule would involve occupying Israel, forcing the current occupants including the Jews to convert to christianity and then setting up a new global capital in Jerusalem from where the Brits would rule the world ushering in the return of Jesus.
Wacky but true... :)
The people carrying on this exact same plan and vision today can be investigated by googling for "seven mountains, joel's army, sarah palin, bill bright" etc. Enjoy the rabbit hole...
~wobbles but doesn't fall down~
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