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(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Georgia PM Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili planted an olive tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations, following in the footsteps of his predecessor in office, former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who planted a tree there some six months ago. The ceremony was attended by KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler, who proposed that KKL-JNF’s expertise in issues related to water, agriculture and combating desertification serve as a basis for more extensive cooperation between Georgia and Israel.
“There is an ancient and long-standing connection between our two nations, and Israel is like a second home to us,” said Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. “We have a saying that a man should do three things in the course of his life: build a house, raise a son and plant a tree. I have reared two sons, I’ve built a house and now, thanks to you, I shall be planting a tree today – so I have the honor of informing you that all my missions in life are now complete.”
The close relationship between Israel and Georgia finds symbolic expression in the fact that Prime Minister Garibashvili planted his olive tree – the seventy-first to be added to the Grove of Nations – close to the tree planted on Tu BiShvat by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler reminded those present that in Jewish tradition planting a tree is the supreme expression of friendship. “The Grove of Nations is a unique area of forest where heads of state from all over the world express their sense of identification with the State of Israel and the Jewish People,” he said.
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