Tours the Galilee.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The diplomats' day out included an excursion to Hagit Forest, to which KKL-JNF is transplanting old trees from other sites in the north, bird-watching at Lake Hula and a festive evening event at the wine fair in Rosh Pina.
“We’re making this trip so that the diplomatic community can see something of KKL-JNF’s impressive activities for themselves,” explained Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan, President of the Ambassadors’ Club. “It’s important to show how KKL-JNF contributes to Israel’s environment and development for the benefit of all its citizens. KKL-JNF’s willingness to place its knowledge at the disposal of the rest of the world greatly helps Israel’s foreign relations.”
The Ambassadors’ Club of Israel (ACI) brings together in an informal atmosphere the heads of missions posted to Israel from over a hundred countries worldwide. Its activities give the diplomats an opportunity to observe different aspects of Israeli society and get to know local figures prominent in a variety of fields such as economy, science, technology, the arts, society, and more. Its members are ambassadors, honorary consuls and heads of trade missions and economic organizations.
Elisha Mizrahi and Etti Azulai of KKL-JNF’s Public Relations Department accompanied the group throughout this special day of excursions and enjoyable visits. In northern Israel’s Hagit Forest, which was planted by KKL-JNF in conjunction with the Israel Electric Corporation, the delegation met Dr. Omri Bonneh, Chief Scientist at KKL-JNF, who explained how Israeli entrepreneurship and advanced technology find expression in forestry.
“I’ve learned a lot about Israel during this trip and I’ve been most impressed by the scenery and the people,” said Thailand’s Ambassador to Israel Angsana Sihapitak
, who arrived in the country just two months ago. “When I first arrived I was surprised to discover that Israel is an advanced western country. I’m impressed by KKL-JNF’s activities and I hope we can learn from its experience in forestry, water
and land development. The most important thing I’ve learned in Israel is that where there’s a will there’s a way – anything is possible.”
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