The war between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas has left more than 1,200 people dead, about 3,000 injured and more than a hundred hostages in the Gaza Strip. This is the biggest development in decades and covers an existing conflict in the Middle East.
Internationally, most countries were shocked by this attack, but many do not know the meaning of the Star of David on the Israeli flag. Known as the “Shield of David” or Magen David in Hebrew, it is an important symbol of Judaism. It consists of two overlapping triangles, forming a six-pointed star that symbolizes God’s power in the universe and his protection in all directions.
In this context, it is a symbol of religion and culture that has been associated with Jews for centuries. This symbol in turn represents the unity of opposites, like heaven next to earth, as well as the connection between God and humanity. The choice of colors is not arbitrary, as the flag is a representation of the religious accessory called Tallit, which is traditionally white with blue stripes. In addition, this last color represents truth, loyalty, perseverance and justice.
Why the flag of Israel?
According to the biblical texts, King David is a man placed by God on Earth, and his goal is to face the giant Goliath to take the throne, become a warrior and conquer territories. He has a sacred shield with a star symbol, which can protect him from all kinds of spears and demons. That is why he coined the name “Star of David.”
This symbol was commonly used during the Roman occupation of the present territory of Israel, although it was not attributed to Judaism until the 17th century, when it began to be painted on the entrance of synagogues to identify those where the faith is made within. . In this way, it was decided to be included in the flag of Israel when it was approved on October 28, 1948, five months after the establishment of the State of Israel.
Today, the Star of David has become a globally recognized symbol of Zionism used in many cultural and religious contexts. It is a protective and decorative symbol, representing peace, balance and faith, associated with Judaism.