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Military parades are celebrated in countries around the world- will Israel soon join the ranks?Last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he wants to bring military parades back to Israel. Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev is already hard at work trying to raise the necessary budget. Will Israel soon join the nations around the world who are still marching in uniform?
Countries like Peru, Yemen, Belgium and China still hold annual military parades to showcase their military strengths. Israel's first military parade took place in 1949, a year after the Jewish state declared its independence, and military parades became an annual Independence Day ceremony for the next 20 years. Israel's last military parade took place in 1973.
On Israel's Independence Day last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed reviving the tradition and bringing military parades back to Jerusalem. "I remember when I first saw a cannon, when I saw a tank for the first time and I saw soldiers... It moved me greatly," he said, reminiscing about his childhood memories.
"I have an idea," he said, turning to Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev. "Lets renew the military parade in Jerusalem." And what about the country's already strained budget? "I'll take care of it," Netanyahu said. Though there has not yet been an official announcement confirming the renewal of the annual military parade, Regev has been working at putting together funds for the event.
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