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Moldovan PM Plants an Olive Tree in the Grove of Nations
By KKL-JNF STAFF
24/05/2012
“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.
 
“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.”
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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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