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Slovakian President Plants Tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations

The President of Slovakia, H.E. Andrej Kiska, planted a tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem at a ceremony that took place on March 29, 2017. The planting ceremony took place as part of the President’s four-day official visit to Israel.

Also participating in the ceremony were the Chief of Protocol of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Meron Reuben; the Slovakian Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mr. Peter Hulényi; and the Israeli Ambassador to Slovakia, H.E. Mr. Zvi Aviner Vapni. The ceremony was moderated by the director of the KKL-JNF Israel Fundraising Department, Mr. Michael Ben Abu.

Upon the arrival of the Slovakian delegation, President Andrej Kiska was greeted by Michael Ben Abu. The President unveiled his name plaque on the recognition wall at the site, thereby joining the long list of presidents and prime ministers who have planted a tree here. After the unveiling ceremony, everyone went to the plaza for the ceremony.

“KKL-JNF has been planting trees in Israel for over 115 years”, said Michael Ben Abu. “In fact, over 240 million trees have been planted as part of our effort to make our country greener and as part of our struggle against global warming. Trees symbolize life. Their roots symbolize the past, their trunks symbolize the present, while their leaves, flowers and fruits symbolize the future. At KKL-JNF, we believe that planting trees is a unique way of participating in the act of creation.”

In his speech at the ceremony, President Kiska said: “The trees, as you said, are indeed very symbolic, especially at the present time, when we see the climate changing and how it affects water and migrations of animals. We see how every tree on the planet is important. For me, the Grove of Nations is first and foremost a symbol of our concern for the Earth. Secondly, as you noted, here there are trees planted by over 70 heads of state. Seventy countries in a small place all together is also a symbol of the globalization process in our world, and how the world is getting smaller from minute to minute. For this reason, the fact that the trees are so close to each other here should teach us how to relate to countries that may be thousands of kilometers away from us, but are still neighbors who share the same land.”

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