Italy-Israel Friendship Tree Planted in Italian Ambassador’s Garden .
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The Ministers of Environmental Protection for Italy and Israel, assisted by KKL-JNF officials, planted a palm tree in the garden of the official residence of Italy’s ambassador to Israel, as a symbol of friendship and peace between the two countries.
Italy’s Ambassador to Israel Francesco Maria Talò is well known as a true friend of Israel, who collaborates actively with KKL-JNF. This week (February 21st), he hosted a joint tree-planting
ceremony at his home in Ramat Gan.
“This is an opportunity to reflect upon our commitment to the environment
and our two nations,” declared the ambassador at the start of the evening’s events. “We need to work together for the sake of the future, even as we recall our cultural roots and take advantage of innovative technologies
that can improve the quality of our own lives and those of others the whole world over.”
This was the second tree to be planted in conjunction with KKL-JNF in the well-kept garden at the ambassador’s official residence: a pomegranate tree was planted there some three years ago, and it continues to grow and flourish. At this time of year its branches are bare, but soon they will be green again, and will flower and produce fruit. The decision to plant another tree together was arrived at after an older tree in the garden had withered and died. KKL-JNF, of course, stepped into the breach once more.
KKL-JNF was represented at the ceremony by Vice-Chairman Hernan Felman, who told those present: “KKL-JNF will continue to work for the benefit of the world, together with a variety of other countries and organizations. Together we shall strive to make the world a better place to live in.”
The event was attended by leading environmental, ecological and conservational researchers and experts from universities and research facilities throughout Israel.
“We live in the same environment with a similar climate, and we face the same shared challenges,” said Israeli Minister for Environmental Protection Avi Gabbay. “As Italy and Israel enjoy excellent relations in all areas of activity, we can learn from each other and work together.”
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