Jerusalem – Tree Gifted By Barack Obama To Israeli President Not Dug Up

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US President Barack Obama (L) takes part in a tree planting ceremony at the residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres (R), in Jerusalem, Israel, 20 March 2013. EPA/AMOS BEN GERSHOM / GPOJerusalem – Following reports that the Agriculture Ministry team intend to dig up the magnolia tree that US President Barack Obama brought to President Shimon Peres as a gift on Wednesday, the office clarified that contrary to recent report, the tree wil not be uprooted.

“Inspectors of the Plant Protection and Inspection Services at the Agriculture Ministry invest great efforts into preventing the penetration of new lesions that do not exist in Israel that are likely to cause damage to agriculture and plants in Israel,” a statement from the Agriculture Ministry said.

Obama had brought the tree with him from America, and he and Peres planted it together in the garden at the president’s residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon.

The Agriculture Ministry was in contact with Beit HaNassi about the tree, and all of the parties involved agreed that the tree should be planted within a special envelope for the time being, rather than directly into the ground, the ministry said. This will enable the ministry to thoroughly examine the tree, after which it will return the plant to the president’s garden, the office added.

Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post

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9 COMMENTS

    • Why? Ask us again, when you are President of the United States of America and you are visiting the State of Israel on a very important mission, and we will tell you why.

      However, if you have not worked out the answer *before* you become POTUS then you will not have the intellectual capacity to do the job anyway.

    • You are neither a horticulturalist nor a talmud chacham, shmelka #4.

      It is clearly stated in the test of the article, and it may also be seen from the photograph, that the tree is a MAGNOLIA, which is a decorative flowering tree, but it does not bear any kind of edible fruit. It was named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol.

      The bark and flower buds of ‘Magnolia officinalis’ and ‘Magnolia obovata’ have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is known as hou po (厚朴, for any frummeh Chinese readers).

      • Right on Adam (is there a way one can contact you by the way?)..

        I would also add that even if it was a fruit tree which is eaten from, it could still be removed and transplanted. Especially in this case, since it was just planted and did not yet get settled and firmly rooted in its new location.

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