Vessels sailing under the Israel Country Flag are required to have on board this flag as part of flag state requirements that derive from maritime regulations in the International Code of Signals and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. These codes are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an ongoing effort to reinforce maritime safety procedures and communications to the international maritime community. Fleet management companies and ship owners are responsible to ensure that each vessel in their respective fleets have the appropriate flag signage onboard to be in compliance. This flag is used to identify the flag state a vessel is sailing under and to communicate with other vessels under the provisions of the International Code of Signals.
The Israel Country Flag is recognized as a white background with two, proportionally equal horizontal stripes, one on top and one on the bottom. There is a Star Of David depicted in the center of the flag, wholly positioned in the white background. It is formed by two, equally proportioned, hollow equilateral triangles superimposed on one another and upside down to each other. This forms a six pointed star. The Flag was officially adopted in 1948, after World War Two and the Allied effort to establish a Jewish State. The Israel Country Flag is designated to be proportioned at a ratio of 8:11, height to length, respectively. The Flag is intended to represent the tallit, or traditional Jewish prayer shawl. The Star Of David is a symbol that has become a standard representation of the Jewish religion. It was introduced in the 19th Century as a design meant to provide a single, definitive symbolic representation of Zionism, but was quickly adopted by many Jews of all persuasions. The symbol was placed on the flag for that reason.