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“It’s been nearly 50 years since Israel last held a military parade, and all attempts to revive them have been shot down. The reasons for that are much the same as the ones voiced by people in the United States who are currently protesting President Donald Trump’s July 4 plans: they are expensive, divisive logistical nightmares.
Israel first began holding military parades in the summer of 1948, three and a half months after the founding of the state, on a holiday then known as Herzl and Bialik Day, which celebrated early Zionist leader and thinker Theodor Herzl and Israel’s national poet Hayim Nahman Bialik.
The inaugural parade featured troops, tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces marching and driving through the heart of Tel Aviv during a ceasefire in the War of Independence. The now-defunct Davar newspaper declared it a “breathtaking spectacle.””
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