Greek President Plants Olive Tree in Jerusalem Grove of Nations

The President of Greece, HE Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulus, planted an olive tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem at a ceremony on March 31, 2016.

April 6, 2016 12:38
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Greek President Plants Olive Tree in Jerusalem Grove of Nations. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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The ceremony was held in honor of his visit marking twenty-five years of excellent diplomatic between Israel and Greece.

“I assure you that these two nations, small in terms of quantity but very big in terms of history and the diversity of what their people have to offer, are capable of revising their history, not particularly for the defense their land but in order to defend what is most precious to mankind: man, his value and his humanity.”
With these words, the President of Greece, HE Prokopis Pavlopoulos, concluded his address at the festive tree planting ceremony last Wednesday in the Grove of Nations in the valley next to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem.

Earlier, the President had said that just as the olive tree is a common factor in all Mediterranean countries, so were the destinies of Israel and Greece intertwined.

Speaking at the ceremony, KKL-JNF Executive Board Member Rabbi Tzvi Graetz said: “Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael- the Jewish National Fund, is involved in education for sustainability, environmental protection, love for the land and understanding between Jews and Arabs, Christians and Muslims. KKL-JNF is also responsible for planting and maintaining the forests in Israel.”

After the speeches, President Pavlopoulos and all the guests walked down a path to the tree planting site, where the Ambassador to Israel from Greece, HE Spyridon Lampridis, read the Planter’s Prayer in Greek, and HE Irit Ben-Abba, the Ambassador to Greece from Israel, read it in Hebrew. Upon conclusion of the prayer, the President planted the olive tree with his own hands.

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