After a Period of Tension: the Irish Ambassador Planted a Tree as a Symbol of Strengthening Ties with Israel

The Irish ambassador to Israel, Sonya McGuinness, planted a tree in Ben Shemen forest during a Keren Kayemet LeIsrael- Jewish National Fund ceremony as a symbol strengthening ties between the two countries. 
During the planting ceremony, the ambassador remarked: "We have all endured a difficult and traumatic period since October 7th, Israelis as well as us as guests of this country. This morning, we contemplate the fact land was here before us and it will stay after we have gone. When we stand here together in peace, we are reminded that peace is what unites us, not what separates us." 
The planting ceremony shows that there is indeed cooperation between the two countries.
The start of the Swords of Iron war created tensions between Ireland and Israel, and sparked anti-Israel protests in the European country, alongside tough criticism from Irish politicians. Last week, players on the Irish women's basketball team refused to shake hands with their Israeli counterparts before a match between the two sides. Nonetheless, the ambassador came today to take part in the traditional KKL-JNF ceremony with the aim of renewing the ties between the two countries.
Orna Toeg, manager of the Scotland, Ireland, and South Africa section for fundraising and external relations in KKL-JNF: "together we planted a tree that symbolizes hope, growth, and a message of unity. We see before our eyes a future of solidarity and mutual responsibility. I welcome the ambassador and hope for fruitful cooperation in the future between KKL-JNF and our friend, Ireland".

צילום: יואב לין, ארכיון הצילומים של קק"לPhotograph: Yoav Lin, KKL-JNF Photo Archive