India and Israel commenced full relations in 1992. It was in the time of Atal Behari Vajpayee that the relations between the two countries were taken to a new height.
Now, both the countries have come out with stamps to mark the festive season and also strengthening of the ties. The stamp celebrates Jewish festival, Hannukah and Indian festival, Deepavali.
The 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.