Mr. David Ben-Ourion, Prime Minister of Israel, received a wildly enthusiastic welcome from 6,000 Druses,?
Mr. David Ben-Ourion, Prime Minister of Israel, received a wildly enthusiastic welcome from 6,000 Druses, at Julis, Kestern Galileo, July 9th on his first visit to the Community, since the declaration of independence, 1848.
Mr. Ben-Gurion, whose visit was part of his election Campaign arrived in an Air Force helicopter and was received by Sheik Amin Tarif, spiritual head of the Community and other Druse dignitaries.
Druse horsemen of Border Police mounted guard whilst women and girls in traditional costume provided a colourful background in the natural amphitheatre near the village, where the Prime Minister spoken to them from a dais.
He promised that every Druse who proved his land had been taken from him would receive other land of equal value- enough land for his livelihood.
There are 15,000 Druses in Israel- many of their young man are in the Israeli Defence Army, Police force, or Border-Police.
This race of people whose religion is so shrouded in mystery that even many groups of their own denomination do not know its secrets, have always been knows as courageous fighters and in their speeches of welcome they referred to the Prime Minister as "The Lion of the Homeland, Defender of the Nation."