"We got a bit lost on the way here, so as we drove around looking for the right road, I had the opportunity to see the beautiful forests you have planted here firsthand," Moldovan Foreign Minister Ms. Natalia Snegur-Gherman said to the group gathered for the special planting ceremony. "Moldova has hills, not mountains, but they too are covered by forests, and also vineyards," the Foreign Minister continued. "Our climate is different than yours, but I feel that the spirit is the same. We are both countries that are struggling for their survival. In addition, there are over 80,000 people from Moldova who live in Israel, including Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs. In fact, it turns out that we actually went to the same school together. I am very impressed and very touched by everything I have seen here. I will be taking these feelings back to Moldova with me, where we are thinking to build a museum of Jewish history.
"Olive trees are very significant for us in Moldova, we have many legends about olives and wine. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to plant an olive tree in Israel. I know that our two countries are spiritually connected, but now, by planting a tree here, there will also be a practical expression of this closeness."
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