The Prime Minister of Malta Plants a Tree in Jlm Forest .
(photo credit: KKL)
The Prime Minister of Malta Plants a Tree in Jerusalem Forest
For the first time since Malta declared independence in the 1960s, the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr. Joseph Muscat, has come to visit Israel and to plant a tree in the Grove of Nations in the Jerusalem Forest.
“It’s taken us forty-nine years to get here and our tree may well be the youngest of them all, but I have no doubt that it will grow and develop, gaining in size and strength just like the relationship between our two countries,” said Dr. Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Malta.
The tree-planting ceremony took place in the Jerusalem Forest’s Grove of Nations, where heads of state plant trees as a sign of friendship with Israel and the Jewish people, and as a symbol of world peace. KKL-JNF’s Board of Directors was represented at the ceremony by Andy Michelson, the organization’s Chief of Protocol, who, in his speech, referred to the symbolic role of the olive tree planted by Dr. Muscat: “The olive branch carried by the dove back to Noah’s ark signaled the end of the Biblical flood. Olive branches can likewise be seen on Israel’s national emblem – and, of course, they are also the symbol of peace,” he said. He went on to remind his listeners how important it is to plant trees as a symbol of life, of Jewish tradition and of the connection to the Land of Israel.