"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." The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Jan Fischer, was speaking at KKL-JNF’s Grove of Nations tree-planting site in Jerusalem, where he planted an olive tree. Upon arrival at the site, which is located on Mount Herzl, just below Yad Vashem, Prime Minister Fischer unveiled a plaque marking the special occasion.
The brief but moving ceremony was presided over by Andy Michelson, KKL-JNF Director of Protocol and VIP Ceremonies, in the presence of KKL-JNF Deputy Chairman Ygal Yasinov, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Israel Michael Zantovsky, Israeli Ambassador to the Czech Republic Yaakov Levy, Foreign Ministry Chief of Protocol Yitzhak Eldan and Judr. Michal Pacovsky, president of KKL-JNF Czech Republic.