JERUSALEM (Feb. 8)
The Israel Government intends to go through with its plans to hold this year’s Independence Day parade in Jerusalem in spite of protests by Jordan which are considered here as “wide of the mark.”
Reaction by political circles here followed a note the Jordanian Government sent to United Nations Secretary-General U Thant yesterday, protesting the plans by Israel to hold the parade in Jerusalem.
Political circles here stressed today that Israel is entitled to hold the parade in the capital in accordance with the 1949 armistice agreement with Jordan, but must exclude from the city heavy arms such as planes and tanks, which will be omitted from the parade.
Asserting that there was “no hint of provocation whatsoever nor any desire to show off” in the decision to hold the parade in Jerusalem, the Israeli circles described the parade plans as “legitimate.”
Last year, the decision by the Government to cancel the parade in Jerusalem and hold it in Haifa instead gave rise to a storm of opposition protests, accusing the Government of giving in to foreign pressures and threats.