TEL AVIV (Jul. 27)
Nearly 100,000 Israeli citizens today lined the main thoroughfares of Tel Aviv to extend an enthusiastic reception to the first public appearance of the Israeli Army, initiated in the underground and brought to full organization in the midst of the was. The occasion for the parade was the first official state holiday, which also market ### 448h anniversary of the death of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern-Zionism.
The parade included land, air and navy units, demonstrating every “branch of modern arms, including panzers end mountain military. Army planes circled above while Israeli Navy units engaged in maneuvers along the coast. Foreign military observers, gathered to view the parade, praised the smart turn-out of the Israelis. Flowers were thrown to the troops from be flagged balconies lining the route of march, and the cheering crowds presented candies to the sun-burned soldiers among whoa were heroes of the recent engagements in Jerusalem, Ramleh, Lydda, Nazareth, the Negev and along the Syrian and Lebanese frontiers.
The first public demonstration of the might of Israel culminated in a review at the Tel Aviv Maccabi Stadium where the various units were received by Premier David Ben Gurion, who is also Minister of Defense, and by other Cabinet members. The entire diplomatic corps was also in attendance. Replying to the salute, the Premier warned that “unless we are prepared on land, sea and in the air to deal the final How to the enemy if the fighting is resumed, all our victories thus far will lack any final significance. Even then, we will have to face a difficult political struggle, dealing with camouflaged political factors and men who will not fail to use every opportunity to destroy our achievements.
“Our action on May 14, when the state was proclaimed,” he continued, “will not *D8 complete until the Army insures peace and security not only within our “borders as defined in the partition map, but also taking into account what has happened since then. The road ahead of us is still long and hard until we reach our historic goal, which is full liberation and the bringing in of our brethren who are still far from the homeland. “
Referring to Jerusalem, which was proclaimed “Israeli-occupied territory” yesterday, Ben Gurion said that the new city of Jerusalem–where 100,000 Jews live–is more Jewish now than at any time “since the destruction of the Second Temple” He ads no references, to including the city into Israeli’s territory.