Emblem of Israel

The Emblem of the State of Israel shows a menorah surrounded by an olive branch on each side, and the writing "ישראל" (Hebrew for Israel) below it

In this part of Titus' triumphal procession (from the Arch of Titus in Rome), the treasures of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem are being displayed to the Roman people. Hence the Menorah
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Most commonly light blue and white, the coat of arms does appear in different colour combinations depending on the use.

History

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.

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Symbolism

The image used on the emblem is based on a depiction of the menorah on the Arch of Titus.

Roman Triumphal arch panel copy from Beth Hatefutsoth, showing spoils of Jerusalem temple
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The menorah was used in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem and has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times.

It symbolizes universal enlightenment. The olive branches symbolize peace.

Useful Information

Emblem of Israel
Hebrew: סמל מדינת ישראל
Arabic: شعار إسرائيل

Escutcheon

Azure, a Menorah Argent between two olive branches of the same; in base the legend "ישראל" (Israel) Argent