• Short Summary

    FLOOD-LIGHTING, FIREWORKS, BANDS PLAYING ON BALCONIES, PEOPLE DANCING IN THE STREETS - SUCH WAS THE SCENE IN TEL AVIV LATE ON MAY 8, THE EVE OF THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

  • Description

    FLOOD-LIGHTING, FIREWORKS, BANDS PLAYING ON BALCONIES, PEOPLE DANCING IN THE STREETS - SUCH WAS THE SCENE IN TEL AVIV LATE ON MAY 8, THE EVE OF THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

    PRIME MINISTER BEN-GURION OPENED THE CELEBRATIONS WITH A NATION-WIDE BROADCAST. HE SAID: "TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, SOME 50,000 EXILES RETURNED FROM BABYLON. TWENTY TIMES AS MANY HAVE SETTLED IN ISRAEL DURING THE PAST 14 YEARS, NOT FROM ONE COUNTRY BUT FROM 70 MORE. DURING THESE YEARS WE HAVE RADICALLY TRANSFORMED THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, CULTURAL AND POLITICAL LIFE OF OUR PEOPLE IN THE HOMELAND. PRACTICAL MEN WOULD HAVE SAID - 80 OR EVEN 50 YEARS AGO - THAT IT COULD NOT BE DONE."
    INDEPENDENCE DAY, MAY 9 - THE ANNIVERSARY DATE, ORIGINALLY MAY 14, CHANGES EVERY YEAR ACCORDING TO THE JEWISH CALENDAR - WAS MARKED BY A BIG MILITARY PARADE. MORE THAN HALF A MILLION PEOPLE, IGNORING INTERMITTENT RAINFALL, JAMMED STREETS, BALCONIES AND ROOFTOPS AS 3,000 SOLDIERS AND 300 VEHICLES PASSED THROUGH THE TOWN.

    PRESIDENT BEN-ZVI AND MR.BEN-GURION TOOK THE SALUTE FROM THE REVIEWING STAND. SOME 13,000 OFFICIAL GUESTS INCLUDED THE PRESIDENT OF GABON, THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF SENEGAL, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF BEDFORD, AND - FRANK SINATRA AT PRESENT ON A CONCERT TOUR IN AID OF CHILDREN'S WELFARE.

    THE FIRST HALF OF THE PARADE WAS DOMINATED BY THE MOTORISED FORCES INCLUDING 60 TANKS, SELF-PROPELLED CANNON, JEEP-MOUNTED RECOILLESS GUNS AND HOWITZERS. THERE WERE GIANT CENTURIONS AND WORLD-WAR-TWO SHERMAN TANKS, SAID TO HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY CHANGED AND REARMED.

    AN ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME WAS GIVEN BY THE CROWDS TO THE UNITS WHICH MOUNTED THE RECENT RETALIATORY RAID ON SYRIAN POSITIONS ALONG THE SEA OF GALILEE. AN EARLIER FLY-PAST INCLUDED LOCALLY ASSEMBLED FOUGA JET TRAINER, AND A DEMONSTRATION BY 64 JETS OF DIFFERENT TYPES.

    INDEPENDENCE DAY WAS ALSO MARKED BY THANKSGIVING SERVICES IN SYNAGOGUES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAESQQRKD307GGMWNO5LWBRJE6N
    Media URN:
    VLVAESQQRKD307GGMWNO5LWBRJE6N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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