...militant Zionists, who were trying to expel the British from Palestine, offered twice to enter World War II on the side of Nazi Germany in exchange for German support for the proposed state of Israel.

The remarkable offer was made in writing by a representative of the Lehi (the Hebrew acronym for Lohamei Herut Israel, "Fighters for the Freedom of Israel"), better known as the Stern Gang, a group of Zionists who violently fought against the British mandate holders in Palestine.

In 1940 and 1941, Lehi proposed intervening in the Second World War on the side of Nazi Germany to attain their help in expelling Britain from Mandate Palestine and to offer their assistance in evacuating the Jews of Europe arguing that "common interests could exist between the establishment of a new order in Europe in conformity with the German concept, and the true national aspirations of the Jewish people as they are embodied by the NMO (Lehi)."

Late in 1940, Lehi representative Naftali Lubenchik was sent to Beirut where he met the German official Werner Otto von Hentig and delivered a letter from Lehi offering to "actively take part in the war on Germany's side" in return for German support for "the establishment of the historic Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, bound by a treaty with the German Reich". Von Hentig forwarded the letter to the German embassy in Ankara, but there is no record of any official response. Lehi tried to establish contact with the Germans again in December 1941, also apparently without success.