Knesset menorah sculpture to move


The menorah sculpture across from Israel’s Knesset building will be moved.


One of Israel’s most recognizable symbols, the menorah would move from its current location in Jerusalem’s Rose Garden across from the government building onto the Knesset grounds for security reasons, the daily Yediot Achronot reported Wednesday.


The sculpture, which has been in the Rose Garden since 1966, was given to Israel by Britain in the 1950s, according to the newspaper. It was created by British sculptor Benno Elkan.


The menorah is under the Knesset’s jurisdiction and subject to Knesset security protocol.


It is popular among tourists, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Moving it onto government grounds, near the Knesset’s archeological garden, would better protect the visitors and the sculpture.

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