Celebrating Italian Republic Day in Israel.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Over 1,000 people participated in the event, which of course has environmental ramifications. This is where KKL-JNF enters the picture - together with the Italian embassy, it planted 120 trees to offset the carbon footprint created as a result of the event.
The event, which took place on June 4 in the home of the Italian ambassador to Israel, was honored by the presence of ISraeli President Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel, who said: “It’s no secret that Israelis admire Italian culture, and also formally, the two countries have deep ties. Italy’s friendship for Israel is expressed not only through words, but also through deeds, for example, when Italy opposed the UNESCO decision that declared Israel a foreign entity in its capital city, Jerusalem.”
HE Francesco Maria Talo, the Italian Ambassador to Israel, emphasized the friendship between the two countries in his remarks. “There is a deep connection between the countries and the peoples. Jerusalem is dear to the hearts of us all, and it has a deep connection to the Jewish people. Together, we will build a better future and help the world. We will only be able to achieve this goal if we cooperate, and that is why we oppose bans of any sort.”
The tree planting in honor of the event took place in Baram Forest in Northern Israel, which was restored and developed with the help of friends of KKL-JNF in Italy. Matityahu Sperber, who represented the KKL-JNF leadership, presented Ambassador Talo with a certificate of appreciation for planting the trees.
“We have very close ties and cooperate in many different ways,” Sperber noted. “KKL-JNF’s friends in Italy and the warm Jewish community there are another link in the connection between the countries and the peoples. Planting 120 trees is a reminder of how important forests are for protecting the world.”