Czech Prime Minister Plants Tree in Jerusalem Grove of Nations.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka, planted an olive tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem on May 22, 2016, at a tree planting ceremony that took place during his brief visit to Israel.
The ceremony was attended by the Czech Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Ivo Schwarz; the Israeli Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Gary Koren; and the President of KKL-JNF in the Czech Republic, Mr. Michael Pacovsky, who also took part in the ceremony and recited the Planter’s Prayer in Czech before the tree was planted by PM Sobotka.
“I think my trip to Israel is a testament to the long tradition of cooperation and friendship demonstrated in many spheres, whether in industry, economy, defense or research and development,” said Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in his greetings at the festive tree planting ceremony in his honor.
The tree planting ceremony with the Czech prime minister took place on Sunday, May 22, 2016, in the Grove of Nations, which is located in the Jerusalem Forest next to Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration.
The Czech PM also noted his concern for the security and political situation of the State of Israel and remarked that the entire future of the region depends on the ability to reach a state of true peace between Israel and its neighbors.
When the speeches were concluded, Mr. Michael Pacovsky recited the Planter’s Prayer in Czech, while all the guests stood and listened attentively. When the prayer ended, they said “Amen,” which was the cue for walking toward the grove, where the olive sapling to be planted by the Prime Minister was waiting. Surrounded by his entourage, PM Sobotka planted the tree and watered it. Mr. Andy Michelson presented the Czech Prime Minister with a framed KKL-JNF tree planting certificate.
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