India and Israel today issued two commemorative stamps to mark 20 years of diplomatic relations as a sign of cooperation between the countries.India issued 2 stamps,FDC and a Sheetlet (100 Rs. 20 Stamps).Theme of the stamps is \”Festival of Lights\” Israel\’s stamp features the menorah with the word \”Zion\” inscribed inside a magen david star, and India\’s shows a row of lamps, representing the Indian holiday of Deepavali.The menorah featured on the stamp was inspired by the wooden menorah used by the Jewish community in Bombay, India. Israel’s limited editions stamps will be in circulation in India by December.
Themed on the \”festival of lights\”, one stamp depicts the Jewish festival of Hannukah with a row of candles. The other, depicting the Hindu festival of Diwali, features diyas. The two stamps will also be available in Israel later this year. They have been designed by Indian artist Alka Sharma and Israeli artist Ronen Goldberg.
Israel and India established full diplomatic relations in 1992. Israel opened its embassy in New Delhi in February, although it operated at a somewhat limited capacity.The friendly ties between these two countries have flourished ever since and currently include agricultural cooperation, joint scientific and technological development, water management collaboration, thriving trade and more.