Grapevine: More than just an olive branch

27.10.2011                      29.Tischrei. 5772

Feature:

Grapevine: More than just an olive branch

The pope gets a new tree from the PM, the Salomon clan gears up for a get-together, and filmmaker Joseph Cedar wins a "Jewish Peoplehood" award.

As a sign of improved relations between Jerusalem and Rome, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a 200-year-oldolive tree on a 2,000-kilometer voyage to the Port of Ravenna in Italy. From there, it went to the Port of Rome and was then transported to the Papal Gardens in the Vatican. The tree is a gift from Netanyahu to Pope Benedict XVI, following Netanyahu’s recent visit to the Vatican Museum. During his visit to Israel in 2009, the pope stopped in front of an ancient olive tree and expressed a wish for a similar tree to grace the Vatican Gardens.
This wish did not go unheeded….