Israel gives peace a stamp

Israel gives peace a stamp

In recent months and weeks, Israel has embarked on a historic round of diplomacy, opening new ties with, most recently, the Muslim nation of Morocco in North Africa, once home to a large Jewish community, and the Buddhist nation of Bhutan in the Himalayas, which Wikipedia helpfully informs us is Southeast Asia’s “second-least-populous nation after Maldives.”

In case you had any doubt at to the propriety of these moves, the Israeli Post Office wants to reassure you that there is proper biblical precedent for peace making. That seems to be the subtext to a series of three stamps (and a related souvenir sheet) that just came out, on the theme of “Meetings of Peace.”

The stamps feature the pact made by Abraham and Abimelech, King of Gerar, at Beersheba, as recounted in Genesis 21; the envoys of King Hiram of Tyre, who built a palace for King David (II Samuel 5); and the envoys of King Berodach-baladan of Babylonia, who were welcomed to Jerusalem by King Hezekiah (II Kings 20). The souvenir sheet features the better known meeting of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

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