A new olive tree sapling has recently been added to the “Grove of Nations” near Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. It was planted by Dr. Heinz Fischer, the President of Austria, who joined the distinguished group of world leaders who have planted trees in this special grove.
This is not the first time that the president of Austria has planted a tree in Israel. Approximately one decade ago President Fischer, then chairman of the Austrian Parliament, visited Israel and was invited by Knesset Chairman Dan Tichon to plant a tree in Israel. “This is the second tree that I have planted in Israel and as the saying goes, ‘All good things come in threes,’ so I therefore hope to plant a third tree in Israel in the future”.
The Austrian president and his entourage were received in the grove by the KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler, Avi Dickstein, KKL-JNF Chief Executive of the Resources and Development Division, and Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan, Foreign Ministry Chief of Protocol. The ceremony was conducted by KKL-JNF Head of Ceremonies, Andy Michelson.