Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peri has announced he will take part at the Independence day parade in Israel.
He is the first foreign leader to do so.
It will be the second time Peri will take to the stage.
“This is a new era for Israel, and the Independence parade is a great opportunity to show Israel’s freedom and sovereignty, which are not only a national duty but a Jewish national duty,” he said in a statement on his website.
“I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Israeli people for their commitment and steadfastness in this sacred task.”
Peri was appointed as Israel’s first president in January 2018 after serving three terms as prime minister.
Israel is currently a member of the European Union, the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.
The country is known for its security, but it is also known for being a democratic and open society, with a strong sense of nationalism.
“It is not possible for us to make history if we are not committed to Israel’s right to exist,” said Peri, whose tenure was cut short in July 2019.
“Israel has a unique identity and the people who call it home have a unique history.”
The Independence Day procession is being held on the same day that Israeli Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Benjamin Netanyahu Likud will meet to discuss security arrangements in the Middle East.