Thousands of Israeli soldiers, police and civilians marched through the Jaffa Road area of Jerusalem on Tuesday (30 September) in celebration of the Jewish Succoth Festival.
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Background: Thousands of Israeli soldiers, police and civilians marched through the Jaffa Road area of Jerusalem on Tuesday (30 September) in celebration of the Jewish Succoth Festival.
SYNOPSIS: The marchers set off for Jerusalem early on Tuesday from all over Israel. Among them were eight hundred new immigrants from areas north of the city.
It was estimated that about fifty thousand troops and civilians took part in the march in the Jaffa Road area - the site of proposed new buildings in the Israeli Government's modernisation plans for the city.
There were many foreign nationalities represented, including a thousand volunteers working on Israeli Kibbutzim. The march coincided with the Israeli Government's decision to change the country's currency from the Israeli pound to the shekel - the money of biblical times.
Banks closed down for three days to carry out the changeover, which is being accompanied by tough steps to combat tax evasion and the build-up of undeclared capital.
Among the marchers were Christian Militia troops carrying the Lebanese flag. The Israelis have given considerable military support to the militia in southern Lebanon. But It's at home that the Israelis are facing on of their most serious problems. Israel is currently facing a deep economic crisis with inflation running at an annual rate of one hundred and thirty four percent.
Prime Minister Menachem Begin's coalition Government appears to be fighting a losing battle with the economy. The change in currency, an attempt to change to the world's highest inflation rate, has so far been treated with scepticism by the public.