The Knesset is the Israeli parliament, the symbol of Israeli democracy. From now until next summer, the Knesset will be marking the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the iconic building in Jerusalem with a various different ways.
StampNews.com is glad to introduce to our readers' attention a special issue by the Israel Philatelic Service prepared in honor of this occasion.
Over the years, the Knesset, the seat of Israeli democracy, has promoted the core values of democracy and freedom of expression. Even when debates in the Knesset become heated and bitter, issues are resolved by majority decisions which are respected by all. Freedom of expression is a fundamental principle of the Knesset and this body consciously provides a platform where all members can express their opinions fully and equally.
In 1956 the Knesset Presidium, in collaboration with the Association of Architects in Israel, announced a public competition for architects to design a permanent residence for the Knesset in the Givat Ram government compound in Jerusalem. The first prize was unanimously awarded to architect Joseph Klarwein. Construction of the Knesset Building was funded by the Rothschild family and lasted nine years.
The Knesset Building depicted in a newly unveiled stamp was inaugurated on August 30, 1966. The building hugs the slope of Givat Ram in western Jerusale and overlooks a broad valley in which the capital of Israel's past meets its present – with the ancient Monastery of the Cross at one end and the Israel Museum and Hebrew University of Jerusalem campus at the other.
The Knesset has been part of every historic moment in the history of the State of Israel: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's speech in 1977, the throngs of citizens who passed before the casket of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, speeches by American presidents and other world leaders, and many other significant moments in which Israelis came together to watch the events taking place at the Knesset Building.