The controversial flag march in Jerusalem, originally scheduled for May 10, has been postponed until June 15, two days after the swearing in of the new government at the Knesset. The Security Cabinet announced June 8 that the parade would be permitted to take place in one week if police approve the route.
The annual march has been taking place for several years, marking Jerusalem Day, when the city was unified as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War. Organized by right-wing groups, the parade usually passes near the Damascus Gate and though the Old City. It is repeatedly a source of conflict with the Arab residents of Jerusalem, who consider the march a provocation.