"The friendship between the Czech Republic and Israel is not just a relationship between governments, but also a connection between people," said Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Nečas at a tree planting ceremony at KKL-JNF's Forest Grove of Nations site in Jerusalem, where he planted an olive tree. "I am deeply honored to be planting a tree in Jerusalem," he added, "especially after having visited the Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum. I have come to Israel accompanied by a large delegation, including our Minister of Defense, ministry representatives, military personnel and businesspeople. One of the purposes of our visit is to create personal ties between people in both of our countries working in similar fields. Experiences such as these help us grow closer."Mr. Andy Michelson, KKL-JNF Chief of Protocol, welcomed PM Nečas on behalf of the KKL-JNF Board of Directors: "It is a special honor for us to invite visiting heads of state to plant trees in Jerusalem, an act of great historical value. The tree you plant is a living remembrance of your visit to Israel. In 1948, Czechoslovakia was one of the first countries to vote in favor of recognizing the state of Israel, and our two countries enjoy a special relationship until today. KKL-JNF is a green organization that has cared for Israel's environment for 110 years, and we welcome cooperation with the Czech Republic in environmental issues, including afforestation, water projects and other related fields."