The Israel Postal Company issued on Tuesday a commemorative stamp honoring the Knesset building`s 50th anniversary. The inscription on the stamp reads ”Knesset Building, Jerusalem Jubilee”, and it was launched in the office of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. The event was also attended by Ministry of Communications Director General Shlomo Filber, Israel Postal Company Chairman Hezi Zaieg, Israel Postal Company CEO Dani Goldstein, and the designer of the stamp, Rinat Gilboa.
”Issuing a stamp is not only creating another means of payment, it is also a way of commemorating important events and places which affect the entire country,” Speaker Edelstein said during the ceremony. ”This year we are marking the jubilee of the Knesset building, which stands at the top of Givat Ram. The Knesset building, which has taken its place in the Israeli experience long ago, will now be part of the gallery of the State of Israel`s stamps.”
Zaieg said that ”despite the challenges, the Knesset has been able to preserve its status as the hall of Israeli democracy and express over the years values of liberty, freedom of expression and equality. The Knesset building has been the site of some of the most glorious moments in the country`s history, and it has also the site of some of the most sensitive national events.”
Goldstein said that since its establishment, ”the Knesset, in every decision and every debate, has adhered to the principles of democracy and the country`s core values, including the right to liberty, freedom of speech, freedom to unionize, right of ownership and freedom of movement.”
He said that by issuing the stamp the Israel Postal Company is showing its appreciation ”for the public support the company`s management received from the Knesset Members towards implementing the reform.”
The stamp is adorned with the colors of the Israeli flag against the backdrop of Jerusalem stone, the architectural hallmark of homes in the capital and of the Knesset building. Gilboa, who served in the past as an instructor in the Knesset`s Visitors Center, said she wanted the stamp to express the democratic features of the Knesset building. Therefore, the Knesset Plenum appears on the stamp alongside the State of Israel`s emblem.