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Ben-gurion Bows to Persuasion, Will Attend Independence Day Celebrations

April 24, 1968
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Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion has changed his mind and will not boycott Israel’s Independence Day Parade in Jerusalem on May 2, it was learned here today. But the 82-year-old leader will insist on sitting in the public area rather than in the seats reserved for VIPs. Mr. Ben-Gurion was also apparently persuaded by friends to accept an invitation to address a festive session of the Knesset (Parliament) marking Israel’s 20th anniversary. He will be the only speaker on that occasion. Mr. Ben-Gurion said a week ago that he would not attend the parade or take part in the official Independence Day celebrations. He gave no reason. But he refused to accept a special Israel’s Award that was to have been conferred on him on Independence Day in recognition of his life-long service to Israel.

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