Israel seeks to bolster world Jewish identity around the world

Nov. 11, 2013 at 6:58 AM
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JERUSALEM, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel will take steps to bolster the Jewish identity abroad.

Netanyahu told the General Assembly of Jewish Federations in North America Sunday night Israel is ready to reach "the inner cores of identity of the Jewish people around the world," The Jerusalem Post reported.

The aim of Netanyahu's proposal is to combat rising assimilation of Jews and alienation in the Diaspora (Jews in other countries), the newspaper said.

"The forces of assimilation and intermarriage are there. We also read ... recent polls [and] we understand we have a challenge," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister referred to a Pew Research Center survey published in October that reported a 60 percent intermarriage rate among Jews since the millennium.

Netanyahu said the aim of the partnership with Diaspora Jewry is to "unite the Jewish people."

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