Serbian PM Plants 758.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
This tree planting was no ordinary one, as it was done in accordance with the laws of Shmita, the Sabbatical Year for the land of Israel, which occurs every 7 years.
“I hope that ties between Serbia and Israel continue to become stronger and deeper, like the roots of the tree we are planting here today,” said Serbian Prime Minister HE Aleksander Vucic at the tree planting ceremony in Jerusalem, in the Grove of Nations.
“I know how important it is for you to plant trees,” said the PM, “so this opportunity to plant a tree is a special privilege for me. You are a nation that knows how to preserve its past while working for its future, and this is one of the main things I am taking with me from my visit to Israel.”
Heads of state from all over the world have planted trees in the Grove of Nations
in Jerusalem, as a sign of friendship with the State of Israel and with the Jewish people, and as a symbol of world peace. Prime Minister Vucic is the 74th head of state to do so.
The ceremony was led by KKL-JNF Europe Liaison Jana Marcus
, and since the present year is a sabbatical year
, the olive tree was planted in a large pot instead of in the ground as usual. Following the ceremony, the potted tree was transported to the KKL-JNF nursery in Eshtaol, where it will be cared for until next year and then planted in the Grove of Nations.
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