A Symbol of Peace-Greek President Plants an Olive Tree

“The nation of Greece would like to express its deep love and friendship for another ancient people in this region, the nation of Israel,” said Dr. Karolos Papoulias, the president of Greece, during a brief tree planting ceremony at KKL-JNF's Grove of the Nations tree planting site.

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“The nation of Greece would like to express its deep love and friendship for another ancient people in this region, the nation of Israel,” said Dr. Karolos Papoulias, the president of Greece, during a brief tree planting ceremony at KKL-JNF's Grove of the Nations tree planting site. The grove is located just beneath the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Center, where the Greek delegation had visited prior to the tree planting ceremony. Papoulias, who was in Israel on a three-day official visit from July 10-13, was accompanied by his wife May,  Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Deputy Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Yannis Maniati.
The Greek president and his delegation were greeted by KKL-JNF World KKLChairman Efi Stenzler, along with KKL-JNF Head of Protocol Andy Michelson and Michael Ben Abu, director of KKL-JNF's Israel Fundraising Department. Upon his arrival at the site, Dr. Papoulias unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit.
Referring to the olive tree sapling he was about to plant as a “symbol of peace,” President Papoulias said he wanted to convey the deep sense of friendship felt by the Greek people for the State of Israel: “We are united with your nation historically and culturally, and in our joint desire to advance security and peace. I hope that the new chapter recently opened in the ties between Greece and Israel will be a new beginning that will continue to develop and flourish long into the future, just like this tree, for the sake of both of our nations, and also for the sake of all the nations of the region,” said the Greek president.