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American JNF Officials Plant Begin Garden in Jerusalem Peace Forest

Thirteen officials of the Jewish National Fund in the United States ended their study mission to Israel by planting a 100-tree garden in the Jerusalem Peace Forest in honor of Premier Menachem Begin.

The JNF officials lauded Begin for his “determination to seek with (Egyptian President Anwar) Sadat a new era of peace, cooperation and constructive development. These trees symbolize our yearning for life, growth and creative prosperity for Egypt, Israel and all the people of the Mideast.”

The study mission was designed to provide the American JNF people an opportunity to exchange views with Israeli JNF officials and to inspect major American JNF projects of land reclamation, afforestation, road building and preparation of sites for new settlements all the way from the Lebanese border to Eilat. Mission participants were escorted in their visits around the country by JNF board chairman Moshe Rivlin and JNF director general Shimon Benshemesh.