Israel – Brazil Joint Issue 2020 -First Day Cover

The relationship between Israel and Brazil began on the eve of the establishment of the State of Israel, aided by Brazilian statesman Osvaldo Aranha, who chaired the United Nations meeting on November 29, 1947 and contributed to passing the resolution that established the Jewish State in Eretz Israel. Although Israel is one of the smallest nations on the planet and Brazil is the fifth largest in the world, the bilateral relations between these two countries are blossoming. T

The joint issue stamps – featuring Tel-Aviv next to Jaffa (Yafo) and Recife next to Olinda – represent two adjacent cities that grew alongside each other but developed in different directions. One preserved its historical and traditional characteristics, while the other developed into a widespread modern metropolis.

Historically, the gap between Jaffa and Tel-Aviv, which both lie on the Mediterranean Sea shore, is very large. Jaffa is one of the most ancient cities in Eretz Israel, and archeological evidence shows that it was settled as early as the 18th century BCE.

Tel-Aviv was established in 1909 as a neighborhood of Jaffa. In the early 1920’s it was declared to be a separate city and quickly became the economic, commercial and cultural center of Eretz Israel. In 1950, the two cities were merged into one municipality named Tel- Aviv-Jaffa. To a large extent, Jaffa has preserved its ancient character, with houses and archeological finds that reflect the rich history of Eretz Israel and the numerous cultures that ruled over it. The material culture of Tel-Aviv reflects more modern times, from the cluster of buildings constructed in the international Bauhaus style (which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the modern buildings that attest to the city’s standing as a vibrant center of innovation.