Benjamin Netanyahu in his book, A Place Among The nations: Israel and the World, recognizes American William Eugene Blackstone (1841–1935) as one of the most outstanding examples of a Christian Zionist. Netanyahu notes that such Christian activity antedates the modern Zionist movement by at least half a century.”1 (Actually, Christian Zionism dates back to the late 1500s in England.)2 Early Christian Zionists were known as restorationists, since they desired a restoration of the Jews to Israel. The name of William Blackstone is highly esteemed by Jewish Zionist since the modern state of Israel named a forest after Blackstone in recognition of his early attempts to influence others to reconstitute the nation of Israel.
Ice, Thomas D., "William Blackstone and American Christian Zionism" (2009). Article Archives. 56.