(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On Monday, July 25, Ing. Ivan Fuksa, the minister of agriculture of the Czech Republic, came to Yatir Forest in the Western Negev for a tree planting ceremony at the Czech forest grove. The minister was accompanied by about thirty other people from the Czech ministry, along with representatives of the Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv. The ceremony was led by Ms. Jana Marcus – Natanova of KKL-JNF's European Desk.
Ing. Fuksa said that he was very happy to be given the opportunity to visit the Czech forest grove in Yatir, which was planted with the help of donations from friends of KKL-JNF in the Czech Republic. The minister himself is an active supporter of KKL-JNF through its office in Prague. Before planting his mulberry tree, Ing. Fuksa said that to drive through the desert and by the Dead Sea and then to suddenly see a forest, is nothing short of a real miracle.
"In my country," the minister said, "we often take trees for granted. I am proud to be a supporter of KKL-JNF in my function as minister of agriculture of the Czech Republic. In this way, I feel that I have a part in making the desert bloom."
Ing. Fuska promised he would come back to Israel, "and in the meantime," he asked, "please look after my tree for me."
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