Facts about Israel: The State

 


2010 Edition

 

STATE SYMBOLS | STRUCTURE | PRESIDENCY | LEGISLATURE | EXECUTIVE | ELECTIONS | JUDICIARY | LAW | POLICE | LOCAL GOVT | IDF

The flag of the State of Israel is based on the design of the Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), with a blue Shield of David (Magen David).

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 Photo: I. Sztulman

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The official emblem of the State of Israel is a candelabrum (menorah), whose shape is said to be derived from the seven-branched moriah, a plant known since antiquity. The olive branches on either side represent Israel’s yearning for peace.

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The Menorah through the Ages

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The Menorah on a Hasmonean coin from the first century BCE
(Israel Antiquities Authority)
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The Menorah on two plaster fragments from the first century CE, found in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem (Israel Exploration Society)
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The Menorah in the mosaic floor of a 5th – 6th century synagogue in Jericho
(Israel Antiquities Authority)
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The Menorah near the Knesset, by Benno Elkan
(Israel Government Press Office

GovXParagraph4The text of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, was written by the Jewish poet Naphtali Herz Imber in 1878. The anthem speaks of the hope of the Jewish people to live as a free and sovereign people in the Land of Israel.

As long as deep in the heart,
The soul of a Jew yearns,
And towards the East
An eye looks to Zion,
Our hope is not yet lost,
The hope of two thousand years,
To be a free people in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.​
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 Facts about Israel: The State

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