Nations in the Grove: A - K

A list of countries from A-K, whose heads of state, both previous and present, have planted an olive tree on behalf of their country in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Albania: Prime Minister Edi Rama

Albania: Prime Minister Edi Rama

Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania plants a tree on December 21, 2015, in Jerusalem. The Prime Minister of Albania is the 80th head of state to plant a tree in the Grove of Nations.

Austria: President Heinz Fischer

Austria: President Heinz Fischer

Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer joined the distinguished group of world leaders who have planted trees in this special grove when he planted an olive tree there. 

Austria: Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer

Austria: Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer

His Excellency Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, planted a tree at the KKL-JNF Jerusalem Forest Grove of the Nations.

Austria: Chancellor Werner Faymann

Austria: Chancellor Werner Faymann

Austrian Chancellor Werner Fayman planted an olive tree in the picturesque Grove of the Nations in the Jerusalem Forest.

Belgium: Prime Minister Yves Leterme

Belgium: Prime Minister Yves Leterme

Mr. Yves Leterme, the prime minister of Belgium, planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem as a symbol of friendship with the State of Israel.

Brazil: President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazil:  President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva

Mr. Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, the President of Brazil, became the 40th head of state to plant an olive tree in the Grove of Nations on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem since KKL-JNF began this unique project in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry. 

Bulgaria: Prime Minister Boyko Borissov

Bulgaria: Prime Minister Boyko Borissov

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov plants an olive tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem Forest.

Bulgaria: President Rosen Plevneliev

Bulgaria: President Rosen Plevneliev

“Bulgaria and Israel have a special bond, and history and the test of time have transformed that bond into a genuine friendship.” - Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev

Constantinople & New Rome: Patriarch Bartholomew

Constantinople & New Rome: Patriarch Bartholomew

“We work to protect the environment and to raise public awareness of the issue. Because the world was created by God’s hand, it is holy and we must treat it with respect.” - Patriarch Bartholomew

Costa Rica: Pres. Oscar Rafael de Jesus Arias Sanchez

Costa Rica: Pres. Oscar Rafael de Jesus Arias Sanchez

President of Costa Rica Oscar Rafael de Jesus Arias Sanchez plants a tree in the Grove of Nations as a symbol of friendship with the State of Israel.

Croatia: President Stjepan Mesic

Croatia: President Stjepan Mesic

Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, in the company of his wife and a dignified entourage of aides and Croatian media teams, planted an olive sapling in the Grove of Nations on the edges of Mount Herzl and the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem.

Croatia: Prime Minister Ivo Sanader

Croatia: Prime Minister Ivo Sanader

The Prime Minister of Croatia planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on June 28, 2005.
 

Croatia: Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor

Croatia: Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor

"It is an honor, joy and a pleasure for me to be in Israel," said Prime Minister of Croatia, the Honorable Jadranka Kosor, at a tree planting ceremony on March 30 at KKL-JNF’s Grove of the Nations.

Cyprus: President Demetris Christofias

Cyprus: President Demetris Christofias

Three and half months after responding to Israel's plea for help and firefighting planes to assist with containing the Carmel forest fire, the president of Cyprus, Mr. Demetris Christofias, visited Israel on Monday and was warmly received.

Czech Republic: Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka

Czech Republic: Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka

The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka, planted an olive tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem on May 22, 2016, at a tree planting ceremony that took place during his brief visit to Israel.

Czech Republic: Prime Minister Jan Fischer

Czech Republic: Prime Minister Jan Fischer

"It is very symbolic for me to be standing here, with the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial - which reminds us of a terrible past - on the hill above us, and to be planting an olive tree, symbol of a better future." - Czech PM Jan Fischer

Czech Republic: Prime Minister Petr Nečas

Czech Republic: Prime Minister Petr Nečas

"The friendship between the Czech Republic and Israel is not just a relationship between governments, but also a connection between people." - Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Nečas

Czech Republic: President Vaclav Klaus

Czech Republic: President Vaclav Klaus

The President of the Czech Republic planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on September 13, 2005.

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Dominican Republic: President Leonel Fernandez Reyna

Dominican Republic: President Leonel Fernandez Reyna

The visit to Israel of the President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, was an expression of the historical bond between the two peoples and the excellent relations between the two countries.

El Salvador: President Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez

El Salvador: President Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez

The President of El Salvador, Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez, would not forgo the ceremony of planting a tree in the earth of Jerusalem – despite his packed schedule during his first visit to Israel. 

Finland: President Tarja Halonen

Finland: President Tarja Halonen

“We come here on this beautiful day to plant a tree for a better future,” said Ms. Tarja Halonen, the President of Finland, at KKL-JNF’s Grove of Nations in the Jerusalem Forest.

Georgia: Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvilli

Georgia: Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvilli

“Planting trees is a personal hobby of mine, and a symbol of the excellent relationship between our two countries,” said Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvilli.

Georgia: President Giorgi Margvelashvili

Georgia: President Giorgi Margvelashvili

On Sunday, October 19 2015, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, the President of Georgia, who was accompanied by his wife, planted an olive tree at the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Georgia: Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili

Georgia: Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Garibashvili, planted a tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem on January 28, 2014.

Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel

Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Chancellor of Germany planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on January 30, 2006.
 

Germany: Former German Minister Dirk Niebel

Germany: Former German Minister Dirk Niebel

"Israel really is a beautiful country, and I sincerely believe that a political solution can be reached with its neighbors for everyone's benefit and welfare."

Greece: President Karolos Papoulias

Greece: President Karolos Papoulias

“The nation of Greece would like to express its deep love and friendship for another ancient people in this region, the nation of Israel.” -Dr. Karolos Papoulias, the president of Greece

Greece: Prime Minister George Papandreou

Greece: Prime Minister George Papandreou

Expressing the hope that more olive trees would be planted in the Middle East rather than bombs, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou planted an olive tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in the Jerusalem Forest.

Greece: President Prokopis Pavlopoulus

Greece: President Prokopis Pavlopoulus

The President of Greece, HE Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulus, planted an olive tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem at a ceremony on March 31, 2016.

Guatemala: President Jimmy Morales

Guatemala: President Jimmy Morales

President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales planted an olive tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem in November 2016, as a sign of the long-standing friendship between the two countries and their hopes for peace.

Guatemala: President Pérez Molina

Guatemala: President Pérez Molina

President of Guatemala Pérez Molina plants an olive tree at the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem, on December 13, 2103, as a sign of friendship with the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernández

Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernández

In the autumn rain, President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras planted an olive tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem (29.10.15).

Hungary: Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai

Hungary: Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai

Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai planted an olive tree in The Grove of Nations in the Jerusalem Forest, during his recent visit in Israel.

Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plants a tree at the Grove of Nations on January 15, 2014, in honor of Tu Bishvat.

Italy: President Giorgio Napolitano

Italy: President Giorgio Napolitano

“Israel and Italy have beaches on the same sea, the Mediterranean, and our ties go back in time, but it is not only a sea that we have in common." - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

Italy: Prime Minister Romano Prodi

Italy: Prime Minister Romano Prodi

On Monday, 9th June, Italian Prime Minister Prof. Romano Prodi planted a tree at the KKL-JNF Grove of the Nations in the Jerusalem Forest, becoming the 20th Head of State to participate in the tradition.

Italy: President Sergio Mattarella

Italy: President Sergio Mattarella

Italian President Sergio Mattarella plants an olive tree on October 30, 2016, in KKL-JNF's Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Italy: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Italy: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi planted an olive tree in KKL-JNF's Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Ivory Coast: President Alassane Dramane Ouattara

Ivory Coast: President Alassane Dramane Ouattara

"It is a great privilege to participate in this ceremony and to plant a tree on behalf of the Republic of the Ivory Coast, an olive tree of peace"  - Ivory Coast President Alassane Dramane Ouattara
 

Kenya: Prime Minister Raila A. Odinga

Kenya: Prime Minister Raila A. Odinga

The prime minister of Kenya Mr. Raila A. Odinga planted an olive tree in a moving ceremony at the Grove of the Nations in Jerusalem.

Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta plants an olive tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, as a symbol of peace and friendship between Kenya and Israel.