“It’s said that to safeguard our future, we have to remember our past,” said Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat, as he planted an olive tree in a ceremony held at the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.
This is the first time that a Moldovan prime minister has visited Israel since the 1990s, when Moldova still had a presidential regime. Mr. Filat made a private visit to Israel about ten years ago, and declared himself impressed by the changes the State has undergone since then.
“Planting an olive tree is an honor, and I am proud that it has been conferred upon me,” he said. “Let us hope that this tree will serve as a symbol of peace for the whole world.”
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler recalled that in Jewish tradition, planting a tree is an expression of friendship. He defined KKL-JNF as “the executive wing of the Jewish People,” and told his guests of KKL-JNF’s contribution to afforestation, construction and environmental conservation in Israel. “The Moldovan flag bears the image of an eagle holding an olive twig in its beak, as a symbol of both power and peace,” said Stenzler in conclusion. “This is the same olive twig that the dove carried to Noah’s ark after the flood.”
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