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[Prime Minister's Flag (Israel)] 2:3
image by Željko Heimer

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Album des Pavillons 2000 shows it as a blue flag with the national flag in the canton and a yellow version of the state coat-of-arms on the lower fly, the flag surrounded on three sides with yellow border. I believe that the yellow border around the three sides is not fringe, but an actual border, i.e. part of the flag field. That does no mean, I guess, that there might not be some fringe in addition.
Željko Heimer
, 8 February 2002

I must admit I have never seen either this flag or the Minister of Defence one. Moreover, I am pretty sure that these have no variant for use ashore. (...) I assume that if such flags exist, they are used on the rare ocassions when one of these VIPs visit a naval base or vessel.
Dov Gutterman
, 9 February 2002

Particularly considering that it appears on the top, bottom and fly sides only, I would be very much inclined to think that the yellow border is rather a golden fringe.
Santiago Dotor
, 11 February 2002

It is a gold fringe, and not a yellow border.
Dov Gutterman
, 11 February 2002

Few weeks ago I was at the supreme court in Jerusalem which is situated just across the road from the Knesset. As I watching from the porch, I saw this flag hoisted on one of three poles at the entrance of the Knesset. Since I know the the  Presidential Standard is seen to be hoisted there when the president is visiting the Knesset, I assumed that it is hoisted since the PM is in the house.
However, today we celebrate our 60th independence day.  Traditionally, we have a ceremony in Jerusalem which mark the end of the national memorial day and the beginning of the independence day. This ceremony is headed by the Speaker of the Knesset.
Today, as the speaker, Mrs. Daliah Itzik, arrived to the ceremony she was welcomed by the traditional trumpets blast and by hoisting the same flag.
Therefore, this is, probably, the personal flag of the speaker and not of the PM and it is used on land.
Since, according the law, the speaker is also the substitute of the President when he is abroad or suspended (as happened quite recently), it make sense that he (or she) will have also a personal flag.
The flag is just like the one we have, but seems to be 8:11 rather then 2:3 (same as the national flag) and the shield seems to be smaller (his top seems to be aligned with the bottom of the canton).
Dov Gutterman, 7 May 2008

Perhaps this is a sort of generic flag for high officials (prime minister and speaker of the parliament, perhaps others)?
M. Schmöger, 8 May 2008

Since there is no legislation about this flag, I can't rule out this possibility.
Dov Gutterman, 8 May 2008