"This tree symbolizes life. After the moving tour of Yad-Va-Shem, tree planting marks the continuity of life," said the Hungarian Prime Minister. Olive trees are a symbol of peace and the purpose of this visit to Israel is to look for ways to promote peace."
Welcoming the Hungarian Prime Minister on behalf of KKL-JNF, Board member Professor Alon Tal said that "one hundred years ago when the Jewish people started returning to the land, they found a barren country with sparse trees. Even in Jerusalem which in biblical times was completely forested, there were no trees growing. KKL-JNF is leading the tree planting effort in Israel, and we know that also in Hungary significant progress has been achieved in this area. Today, when we are aware of the importance of tree ecology, we realize that trees are not planted just for recreation and industrial timber. Planting forests stimulates an ecological revolution and is part of the rebirth of our people in its land."