• Issue: May 2007
  • Designer: Aharon Shevo
  • Stamp Size: 40 mm x 30.8 mm
  • Plate no.: 656 (no phosphor bar)
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: offset

Jerusalem marks 40 years of reunification in 2007/5767. The calm security situation of the past few years draws thousands of new residents from Israel and abroad to Jerusalem. New neighborhoods are expanding and old ones are undergoing rejuvenation. The old city is the destination of thousands of visitors daily, with the religious sites holy to three religions frequently visited by large numbers of Israelis and tourists from all parts of the world. The center of the city has been refurbished, and the squares and plazas are thronged with people.

The 40th year celebrations of the reunification of Jerusalem are a national event for the State of Israel, the Jewish people, and communities and peoples everywhere who identify with Jerusalem. Throughout the entire year, Israelis and the entire Jewish people are celebrating the fact that the city is no longer divided. The capital of Israel and of the Jewish people no longer sits solitary, with a wall deep within it. It is a city open to a variety of influences, striving to incorporate different faiths and ideologies, diverse tastes and habits. Jerusalem's distinctiveness lies in its unification, with the link between the new and the old city highlighting the uniqueness of the capital of Israel as a central and attractive city. Jerusalem within the walls, the old neighborhoods outside the walls, and the new neighborhoods built during the last generation all comprise one city, unique and unified.

From the time of King David, who established Jerusalem as the royal city, to the present, Jerusalem has always blended idealization and yearning with the daily reality of building and development. Forty years ago, a historic turning point occurred when the divided city was reunified in the turmoil of war. In the forty years that have transpired since then, Jerusalem has known pain and suffering, yet despite all its difficulties, it has become one city. The capital of the Jewish world metamorphosed from a city under threat by its enemies to a city that is secure and proud. It is a city that fulfills its destiny as the capital of the State of Israel and the heart of the Jewish people, while carefully preserving the places holy to all religions.

In marking 40 years since the unification of Jerusalem, the State of Israel
commemorates this historic event, and the period that has passed since June 1967, with a variety of events in the country and throughout the world. Jerusalem salutes its defenders, embraces its residents, welcomes its visitors, and celebrates together with all who love her. Hundreds of thousands of marchers, visitors and religious worshippers from all parts of the country and the world will be taking part in the celebrations. A broad range of participants and of events will characterize these celebrations, as they characterize the essence of the city itself —a variegated city, open to many ideologies, accommodating all ethnicities, and having a unique character of its own. A single thread runs through the city, unifying the old and the new, tradition with modernity, from the archeological excavations of the City of David to the excavations underway for the new light rail system: a single, central city whose day-to-day reality is bound up with its historic memory.

Seek the peace of Jerusalem, they that love thee shall prosper, wrote King David the Psalmist- And we, his descendents and heirs in Jerusalem, wish, in his words: Peace be within your walls and prosperity in your palaces.

Management, Jerusalem 40 Years of Reunification Celebration Events

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Jerusalem - 40 Years of Reunification