Israel has celebrated her thirtieth birthday. On wednesday, (11 May) millions of Israelis took part?
GV & SV President Ephraim Katzir laying ribbons of flags (2 shots)
GV New Israeli tank with troops
SV Begin making speech
GV Troops on parade
SV President Katzir and Prime Minister begin watching
GV Troops parade (2 shots)
SV Prime Minister begin watching
GV Troops marching
GV Planes fly past in formation showing figure of 30
CU & GV Crowd watching as aircraft fly over (4 shots)
A tight security cordon around Israel by land, sea and air shielded the country from possible attack during the celebrations. It had been feared by Israeli authorities that Palestinian guerrillas could use the opportunity for a strike against Israeli territory. All police leave was cancelled. In the United States, President Carter sent a special message to Israel for the 30th anniversary. He repeated his recent promise that the United States would stand by Israel not for 30 years but forever. Mr.Carter said the very fact of the existence of the state of Israel would ensure for all time that the Jewish people would not be condemned again to the holocaust which befell them at the hands of Nazi Germany. He added that the prospects for peace in the Middle East were closer than ever before.
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Background: Israel has celebrated her thirtieth birthday. On wednesday, (11 May) millions of Israelis took part in celebrations all over the country.
SYNOPSIS: The climax of the thirtieth anniversary celebrations was a huge parade in the University Stadium, in Jerusalem. The celebrations began solemnly, with President Ephraim Katzir laying commemorative ribbons on his country's colours in memory of thirty years of war dead.
Israel's brand-new, home-designed battle tank was in pride of place for the military parade which followed prayers for the war dead. In his speech, the Prime Minister, Mr. Manachem Begin, pledged that Israel would continue to make every effort to achieve peace. But he stressed what he called the need for national security. Mr. Begin's speech officially opened the national festivities, and he reviewed the achievements of thirty years. The military flavour of the celebrations reflected the fact that anyone born in Israel since nationhood had never known real peace. Mr.Begin said peace had still not been achieved, but he said Israel was making every effort to attain it. He said it was every Israeli's duty to ensure peace for the nations's children, but not to place them in danger of constant injury by what he called "the plotters against us". Mr. Begin added that Israel could not divorce itself from the needs of national security, and called on his people to.........stand firm and have faith in the rightness of their cause.
Squadrons of aircraft flew over the stadium in Jerusalem, some in formation spelling "30" in the sky. Throughout the country, celebrations went on for twenty-four hours.