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U.S. Asks Israel Not to Include Heavy Armor in Jerusalem Parade

The United States and Britain have asked Israel not to include heavy armor in its Independence Day Parade in Jerusalem next month, it was learned from diplomatic sources here today. The Western diplomats reportedly pointed out to Israel that the armistice agreement between Israel and Jordan limits the strength of forces stationed in Jerusalem–in both the Israeli and Jordan held sections of the city.

In Israeli circles the request was received with considerable surprise since this is not the first time Israel has held its Independence Day Parade in this city. In each case, the Jordanians were notified in advance, through the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, of the types and number of troops and weapons in excess of armistice agreement limits which would be in the city for a few hours. There has never been any difficulty about the matter in the past, these circles pointed out.

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