Waves Sharon peace process

  • Issue: August 1994
  • Designer: R. Kantor
  • Stamp size: 25.7 x 40 mm
  • Plate no.: 228
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: Offset

The peace process, which began in Madrid has gained impetus as a result of the agreements that have been made with the Palestinians. Much hope surrounds this process, though it has also given rise to much controversy and scepticism. The peace process still has a long way to go, and the route will be fraught with many difficulties, but we all hope that it will ultimately lead to a better and stronger State of Israel. The process, if indeed it succeeds, will change the face of the country and of the whole area for the better and will revolutionise Israel's international status.

It is not just a matter of bringing disputes to an end and eliminating the threat of war, though these are the main objectives. It is a matter of open borders, good neighbourly relations and the commencement of immense possibilities of cooperation in many spheres: in economics, tourism, science and culture.

Peace will bring about the real and complete fulfilment of the Zionist ideal.

On the stamp, the Israelis and the Arabs are represented by two parts of a house which merge into a common structure. The Arab side has an oriental window above which is a crescent in relief. The Israeli side has a window in the old Tel Aviv style, over which is a relief of the Star of David. The two closed windows reflect the former situation, a situation of isolation, but the common wall into which they merge incorporates an open door, inviting us all into the light and the future.

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The peace process