The Flag of Israel

The flag of Israel features a blue hexagram known as the Star of David, positioned between two horizontal blue stripes on a white background. The flag's design reflects Jewish values and Zionism, symbolizing a Jewish state in the land of Israel. The blue and white colors are said to be inspired by the traditional Jewish prayer shawl, the Tallit.

The Flag of Israel

History

The flag of Israel was officially adopted on October 28, 1948, shortly after the state of Israel was established. Its origins trace back to the late 19th century, specifically to the First Zionist Congress held in 1897, where a similar design was proposed as a symbol of the Zionist movement. The design, which was influenced by the Jewish prayer shawl and the Star of David, was used by various Zionist organizations before becoming the national flag. The flag's adoption was met with some controversy, particularly from religious groups within Israel who had different views on the symbols of the state. Despite this, the flag has become a powerful symbol of Jewish identity and sovereignty, recognized worldwide.