Netanyahu proposes return of Israeli Independence Day military parades

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

(JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday suggested that Israel reinstate the tradition of military parades on the country’s Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut). Israel held such parades from 1949-1968, and then once more to mark the Jewish state’s 25th independence anniversary in 1973.

At a Yom Ha’atzmaut event in Jerusalem that was held to honor 120 outstanding Israeli soldiers, Netanyahu said, “There was something of a revival, of independence, and that came across in parades. There were military parades in Jerusalem. I remember seeing a cannon, I saw a tank for the first time. I saw soldiers. It moved me enormously.”

“You know what, I have a proposal,” he said, Haaretz reported. “My friends, let’s renew the parades in Jerusalem. A military parade on Independence Day in Jerusalem—that’s the basis of our independence, those soldiers.”

Israel's final Independence Day military parade in 1973

Posted on May 12, 2016 .