Article - The Dead Sea - Mt. Everst - Joint Issue Israel Nepal 04/09/2012
The Dead Sea – Mt. Everest, Israel – Nepal Joint Issue
Israel and Nepal established full diplomatic relations in 1960. The Prime Ministers at the time were David Ben Gurion of Israel and B.P. Koirala of Nepal.
Nepal was among the first Asian countries to establish relations with Israel and one of the only bold nations that did not support the 1975 United Nations resolution equating Zionism with racism. That resolution was subsequently revoked some 20 years later.
Over the years, the two countries have created a diverse network of cooperation and close ties in various areas.
Nepal is located in the Himalaya Mountains and includes Mt. Everest – the earth’s highest mountain, and Israel is home to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea, 422 meters below sea level, the Lowest Place on Earth
The Dead Sea is a salt lake located in eastern Israel. The Kingdom of Jordan lies on its eastern border. The Dead Sea – a national and worldwide natural treasure – is the largest spa in the world, drawing tourists and extreme sports fans. The Dead Sea’s hypersalinity provides a unique floating experience and the health benefits of the minerals found in its water and mud, are immense. It is a breathtakingly beautiful area which includes wadis, cliffs and an extraordinary zoological and botanical population. The Dead Sea and the surrounding area have great religious and historic significance and represent a turbulent chapter in the history of Eretz Israel.
Mt. Everest, 8,848 meters above sea level, the Highest Place on Earth Mt. Everest is located in the eastern portion of the Himalaya Mountains, on the border between Nepal and China. Most of the mountain lies in Tibet, which is part of China, while the southern portion is located within the borders of the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal.
On May 29, 1953 New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest, as well as Nepal’s other mountain ranges, make it a popular tourist destination.
Description of the Stamp and First Day Cover
The stamp lists the Dead Sea as being located 422 meters below sea level (as of 2009). This level decreases annually.
Photograph of the Dead Sea (against the background of the Dragot cliffs and the Edom Mountains) courtesy of the “Megilot Dead Sea” Regional Council.
Photograph of Mt. Everest featured on the stamp and the First Day Cover
courtesy of the Nepal Mountaineering Association