(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Emphasizing the historically close ties which link his country with Israel, Prince Albert II of Monaco planted an olive tree sapling in friendly and intimate ceremony at the Grove of Nations in the Jerusalem Forest just behind the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
“This planting is symbolic of our common shared Mediterranean heritage. I am extremely touched and honored that my country, the Principality of Monaco, will be one of the nations represented in this grove, symbolizing the friendship between Monaco and Israel, a friendship which goes back many years,” said Prince Albert, who was in Israel to attend the President’s Conference and celebrate the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres.
The prince noted that it was fitting that the tree planted was the symbol of peace.
“This should encourage us to think of ways, together and with other nations, to build a more peaceful, inclusive, and harmonious world,” he said. “This of course is important for your country and your region, but it is also important for all of us no matter where we live.”
KKL-JNF representative Avinoam Binder and KKL-JNF Deputy Chairman Gael Grunewald greeted the prince, as he unveiled a special plaque honoring the occasion.
“It is an honor to have you here,” said Binder, who welcomed Prince Albert to the grove. Israel, he said, has more than 240 million trees. “The trees you see here and all the trees you see during your visit are not a gift of nature. But rather, all the trees in Israel have been hand planted. Each tree you see has been planted by the hand of man.”
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