Czech Republic President Plants a Tree in Jerusalem .
(photo credit: KKL)
Czech Republic President Plants a Tree in Jerusalem
“The connection between the Czech Republic and the Jewish people is like a tree with deep roots of history and tradition,” said the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, at the special tree planting ceremony in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem, organized by KKL-JNF in his honor. President Zeman was the 65th head of state to plant an olive tree in the valley below the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, which is a part of the Jerusalem Forest.The ceremony was attended by KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler; Czech government ministers in the delegation visiting Israel; the President of KKL-JNF in the Czech Republic, Michal Pacovsky; and Israel’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic, the Hon. Gary Koren.
In his greetings, Czech President Zeman noted KKL-JNF's international reputation for combating desertification and said, “Let’s talk not just about trees but also about the desert. Israel is the only country in the world that is succeeding in the reduction of desertification. As a Jewish, democratic, sovereign state, Israel is surrounded by deserts, not only geographically but also politically, and I wish you continued success in your fight against deserts of all kinds.”