Eurovision 2017 Contestants Plant Trees in Israel .
Fine sunny weather and the forest’s delightful spring blossoms welcomed around fifty performers from 27 countries throughout Europe, who had come to share the unique experience of planting a tree in Israel.
“I’m excited to be here in Israel, and planting a tree here is an amazing feeling,” declared singer Artsvik, from Armenia.
The Eurovision competitors had come to spend four days in Israel as guests of KKL-JNF and of the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, and the municipalities of Tel Aviv and Herzliya. During their time in the country they toured Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and also gave a special concert for Eurovision fans.
The official reception was held at the Herzliya Marina immediately upon the delegation’s arrival in Israel. KKL-JNF was represented by Board member Itamar Herman, who told those present: “We are happy to show you the attractive aspects of Israel. Planting a tree expresses both a connection to Israel and the importance of conserving the environment.”
One of the high points of the visit was the planting of a tree at KKL-JNF’s planting center in the President’s-Tzora Forest. For Kasia Moś, Poland’s representative in Eurovision, this was the first time she had ever planted a tree. “As I love nature and the environment very much, and spend a lot of time rambling in the forest, I’m very glad indeed to have this opportunity to plant my first tree,” she said. Speaking of her experiences during her visit she added: “Israel is wonderful, the people are warm, the food is excellent and we feel very welcome here.”
“Planting a tree is a moral statement that has a profound emotional significance,” said Michal Hefetz, Director of KKL-JNF's Plant-a-Tree department. “I’m sure that after they return home, these visitors will feel that they have put down roots here.”
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