Israel's controversial Independence Day parade was held Apr. 20 in the Jewish sector of divided Jerusalem.
GV Pan..Jeeps past review stand.
SV Ditto.. with Ben-Gurion in background.
SV Pan.. Tank past camera.
SV Pan.. Two tanks past camera.
MV Ditto.. with Ben-Gurion in background.
CV Tank passes, tilt to spectators on roof.
SV Flail tank passes.
SV Truck with troops, towing gun, passes.
SV Infantry march past.
SV Sailors march.
SV Girl soldiers march.
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Background: Israel's controversial Independence Day parade was held Apr. 20 in the Jewish sector of divided Jerusalem. More than 16,000 people, including diplomatic representatives of many nations, watched President Ben-Zvi, Prime Minister Ben-Gurion and military leaders take the salute at the 50-minute march past. Another quarter of a million lined the route into the city.
Steel-helmeted women of the fighting corps, carrying Israel's own automatic rifles, marched side by side with the men. The main attraction among the 4,000 troops and vehicles was the first public appearance of 14 recently acquired British Centurion tanks.
The display of the Centurions and other tanks, armour, and artillery created an international incident. The armistice agreement between Israel and Jordan prohibits such equipment from a belt 10 kilometres on each side of the demarcation line, which includes Jerusalem.
Earlier, the Security Council called on Israel to observe the armistice agreement, and the Mixed Armistice Commission censured Israel, Apr. 19, for "equipment concentrations in the Jerusalem area". Because of this, UN observers and foreign military attaches were absent from the grandstands. Also absent from the parade were military aircraft. There is not enough Israel air space over Jerusalem to permit jets to turn without flying over Jordan territory.
In a message to the nation Mr. Ben-Gurion said Israel must build on a strong foundation. It should have ties of friendship with all countries "including our Arab neighbours who have until now rejected our hand of friendship."