Emblem of Israel
|Emblem of Israel|
|Armiger||State of Israel|
|Adopted||10 February 1949|
|Escutcheon||Azure, a Menorah Argent between two olive branches of the same; in base the legend "ישראל" (Israel) Argent|
The Emblem of the State of Israel (Hebrew: סמל מדינת ישראל) (Arabic: شعار دولة إسرائيل) shows a menorah surrounded by an olive branch on each side, and the writing "ישראל" (Hebrew for Israel) below it. Most commonly light blue and white, the coat of arms does appear in different colour combinations depending on the use (see below).
The State of Israel adopted the symbol after a design competition held in 1948. The design is based on the winning entry submitted by Gabriel and Maxim Shamir's proposal, with elements taken from other submissions, such as Oteh Walisch and W. Struski's and Itamar David and Yerachmiel Schechter's entries.
The image used on the emblem is based on a depiction of the menorah on the Arch of Titus. The menorah was used in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem and has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times. It symbolizes universal enlightenment.
Emblem and Standard of the President of Israel
- Mishory, Alec. The Israeli Emblem. Jewish Virtual Library. . American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. Accessed 9 Jul. 2012.
- Alec Mishory (2003-04-28). "The Flag and the Emblem". Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- State of Israel Emblem page in Shamir Brothers works collection web-site - Designers of the emblem in 1949
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