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Premier: Assimilation is No. 1 Threat

October 17, 1996
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Assimilation is the No. 1 threat facing Jews today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week at the kickoff of “A Century of Zionism,” marking 100 years since the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

The campaign of events is taking place under the banner “Zionism is about doing.”

Speaking at a reception at the president’s residence in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said Wednesday that 100 years ago, anti-Semitism was the No. 1 problem.

Jewish Agency Chairman Avraham Burg reiterated the prime minister’s message, saying that assimilation is hurting the unification of the Jewish people.

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