The Israeli Pariliament (Knesset) is located in an open area on top of a hill. On the grounds of this legislative building is a seven branch Menorah (Candelabra) that is the symbol of Israel and is present on the State shield. It was designed and created by Benno Elkan (a German Jew who had emigrated to England in 1933 upon the Nazis rising to power), in the early 1950's.The Menorah portrays 29 formative events, figures and concepts from the Old Testament and history of the Jewish people. It was commissioned by Lord Edwin Samuel who was son of the first British High Commissioner of Palestine. It was this man who helped to formulate the Balfour Declaration calling for both Israeli and Palestinian states. The sculpture was paid for by the British Members of Parliament, regardless of party, private banks and industrial associations. While the Knesset and grounds are beautifully appointed with trees and flowers, a visit to this candelabra is a must.
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