Israel Flag - The Official Symbol of Israel

How much do you really know about the official Israel Flag? At first glance, it appears quite simple. A solid white background with blue stripes on either horizontal end and a hexagram in the center.

Israeli Flag by kudumomo on Flickr

Short History - The Israeli Flag was officially adopted on October 28, 1948; just five months after the establishment of the State of Israel. The flag was originally designed for the Zionist Movement on July 24, 1891 by Jacob Baruch Askowith and his son Charles, and originally was referred to as the ‘flag of Judah'. It was first presented at the dedication of the Zion Hall of the B'nai Zion Educational Society in Boston, Ma. 

Now, about the six sided star Hexagram. 

The hexagram or six pointed star in the center of the Israeli Flag:

  • Referred to as the 'Star of David', Magen David, or Shield of David; its geometric shape is actually two interconnecting equilateral triangles.
  • A common symbol of the People of Israel that became a Jewish symbol starting in late medieval Prague.
  • Initially adopted by First Zionist Congress in 1897.

The blue horizontal stripes on each end of the Israeli Flag:

  • Basic design taken from the Jewish prayer shawl (Talit).
  • The sky blue color has numerous meanings; trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, but most importantly heaven.
  • Interestingly enough, there is no specific blue color definition; just sky blue.

The white background represents honesty, innocence, and peace. 

The Israel Flag - A symbol of a young prosperous nation.

Shalom (Hebrew for hello, goodbye, and peace) 


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