Belgium PM Plants Tree in Grove of the Nations

“KKL-JNF's work is a model for green organizations in Belgium” Mr. Yves Leterme, the prime minister of Belgium, has joined the honorable ranks of the heads of state who have expressed their connection to the State of Israel through the symbolic act of planting a tree in the Grove of Nations on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

KKL_070911_A (photo credit: KKL-JNF)
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(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Mr. Yves Leterme, the prime minister of Belgium, has joined the honorable ranks of the heads of state who have expressed their connection to the State of Israel through the symbolic act of planting a tree in the Grove of Nations on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
   
The ceremony, which took place on September 4, 2011, was directed by KKLKKL-JNF Chief of Protocol Andy Michelson. Etty Lankry of the European Desk served as Master of Ceremonies.
The Belgian prime minister addressed the audience and said, “Belgium and Israel are both modest in size and have many common interests including the protection of the environment. I very much admire and appreciate the work of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund in various fields related to the environment, and their work is an exemplary model for similar institutions and organizations in my own country. Planting this tree today symbolizes the lasting and deeply rooted friendship between our countries, and I only hope that the Middle East will find the courage and vision to make peace.”
In his address, KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler told Prime Minister Leterme that KKL JNF would be glad to collaborate with Belgian organizations in the various areas of environmental protection. "Planting a tree is one of the most noble expressions of friendship and esteem in the Jewish tradition since the time of Abraham, who planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba to mark the treaty he made with King Abimelech of Grar.”