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Ben Gurion Speaks of Peace, Assimilation Before 10,000 at Buenos Aires Event

Former Premier David Ben Gurion told Argentine Jewry yesterday that while the greatest problem facing Israel today is peace with its neighbors, the great problem that confronts diaspora Jewry is assimilation. The 82-year-old visiting statesman addressed a meeting of more than 10,000 organized in his honor by the Buenos Aires Jewish Community; the DAIA, central representative body of Argentine Jewry; and the Argentine Zionist Organization. He shared the platform with Dr. Tobias Kamenzain, outgoing president of the community, and the Israeli charge d’affaires, Yosef Govrin.

Mr. Ben Gurion said there was no certainty that the June. 1967 war the last war Israel will have to fight, but on the other hand a new war was not inevitable. “All that is written in the Bible comes true,” he said. “So Isaiah’s prophecy regarding peace will also come true.” Mr. Ben Gurion spoke for 45 minutes in Hebrew. Earlier, he visited the Bialik Hebrew School where students addressed him in Hebrew.