"We were at a Hadassah convention in Las Vegas when the ground offensive of Operation Protective Edge began. Marcy Natan, the president of Hadassah, suggested that this was the time to go to Israel. A couple days later, we were on a plane, together with three men who are Hadassah associates." Marlene Post, herself a former president of Hadassah, was speaking on Tuesday, July 29, at Beersheba River Park in the capital city of the Negev, where she came to plant trees together with the other members of the Hadassah delegation. They were greeted by Elisha Mizrahi of the KKL-JNF Public Relations department, who took them on a tour of the Beit Eshel site at Nahal Beersheva Park.
"Being here now is an expression of our commitment to southern Israel and Beersheva River Park," said Hadassah President Marcy Natan. "We represent 330,000 people who support the land and the people of Israel, and we wanted to be with you during your hour of need. This morning, we were told that going to Beersheva today wasn't such a good idea, because of the situation. We called up KKL-JNF and asked if the tree planting ceremony was still on, and when they answered 'yes', I said 'we're coming.'
"Planting trees is about regeneration and renewal. We plant in the name of the future. At the same time, we are pained by what is going on at the present, and we will plant a tree for every soldier who died giving his life for his country."
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