Guatemala President Plants Tree in Grove of Nations in -1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Guatemala President Plants Tree in Grove of Nations in Jerusalem
"Planting this tree in Jerusalem not only strengthens the ties of friendship between Guatemala and Israel, but also expresses our hope for a better world," said the President of Guatemala, Otto Fernando Pérez Molina. "It is an honor for us to be here with you and plant a tree in the tradition of Abraham," added President Pérez Molina, who joined the ranks of the many heads of state from all over the world who have planted olive trees in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem as a sign of friendship with the State of Israel and the Jewish people, and as a symbol of peace between the nations of the world.
This was the first official visit to Israel of a President of Guatemala. The tree planting ceremony in the Grove of Nations, which took place on Monday, December 9, 2013, was attended by Guatemalan government ministers—the Foreign Minister, the Defense Minister and the Minister of Agriculture—as well as KKL-JNF executives, among them KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler. “In the Jewish tradition, planting a tree is the most important symbol of friendship,” said Stenzler. “I am sure this tree we have planted here will reinforce the cooperation between our countries.”
The President of Guatemala also went on a helicopter tour with KKL-JNF executives, where he got a bird's eye view of the Dead Sea and Masada, and sites of projects being developed by KKL-JNF all over the Negev, with the assistance of its friends worldwide.