1950 Independence / PO's, rates & routes: 6-6-1950 registered commercial cover from KARKUR to ZIKHRON YAAQOB franked 50pr at the DO-2 postage period domestic rate (15pr letter + 10pr additional 10g weight + 25pr registration) using mix of vertical pair 20pr (Ba29) + 10pr 1949 2nd Coinage (Ba23), tied by 2 full strikes of local postmark on front + 2 on back; backstamped 7-6-1950 HAIFA transit & next day arrival - marked by ZIKHRON "YAAQOB" postmark (Nacht 225/2). Slit open at top; peripheral tears on top left. A well documented cover; very fine. Est value $115+
Jordanian post-1967 War "no service" mail to Israel: 26 MAY 1968 surface mailed cover from LAKES ENTRANCE Australia to "JORDAN & JERUSALEM", franked 7c & tied by 2 strikes of local postmark; destination was now in Israel but cover routed to JORDAN per address, where backstamped 25 AUG 68 AMMAN arrival: as of Sept. '67 Jordan held back all mail destined to former Jordanian territories newly held by Israel, in AMMAN - and released it back to sender en masse 13 months later (Sept. '68); cover tied by both K-Type-Va & Vb English & (rare) Arabic "no service" instructional marking handstamp on front and returned to sender; cover resent & received 5-11-68 JERUSALEM (backstamped) where attached with bilingual Hebrew/Arabic Israeli mimeograph K-Type-M4 on back "this postal item was received only now after having been initially misrouted. To prevent similar delays in the future please inform the sender to write VIA ISRAEL in the address" - this is earliest JERUSALEM recept date with type M4 or M5 mimeograph (of which hundreds known). Scarce cover as surface mailed.
Jordanian post-1967 War "no service" mail to Israel: 16-8-1967 postmarked surface-mailed printed-matter wrapper from BONN to locale formerly Jordanian & now held by Israel (address obstructed), franked at special surface mail printed-matter rate 0.30DM; as of Sept. 1967 Jordan began holding all mail addressed to former territories & returned them en masse 13 months later (Sept. 1968): here cover marked by English & rare Arabic "Return to Sender | Delivery Prevented by Enemy Occupation of Jordad(sic) Territory" instructional marking K-Type-Va & Vb handstamps on back & returned to sender (circa. Sept. 1968); cover resent to JERUSALEM where affixed by Israeli instructional marking mimeograph K-Type-M4 tied by 28-11-68 JERUSALEM-75 postmark: this being affected cover with longest transit time known - 469 days. Scarce rate & surface routing.