"I am deeply honored to be planting a tree in Jerusalem," he added, "especially after having just visited the Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum. I have come to Israel accompanied by a large delegation of esteemed businessmen and representatives from Nova Scotia. 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." He went on to speak of the importance of afforestation for Nova Scotia, after their devastating fires of 1917. This is Premier Dexter’s second visit to Israel, and he stated his very strong bond to both the State and the People of Israel. Ms. Jessica Stein Lawson, the Head of the KKL-JNF Canadian Desk welcomed the group, and also addressed the visiting dignitaries. "Without the vision of people such as those who founded KKL-JNF, David Ben-Gurion would not have been able to announce the establishment of the State of Israel," she said.Also in attendance was H.E. Mr. Paul Hunt the Canadian Ambassador to Israel, who was also warmly welcomed.