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Jerusalem - Obama Plants Tree At Peres' Residence Refering To Choni HaMa'agal And The Carob Tree

Published on: March 20, 2013 12:05 PM
By: Jerusalem Post / NPR
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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 / GPOUS 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 / GPO

Jerusalem - President Barack Obama arrived at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday for a ceremony in which President Shimon Peres officially welcomed him to Israel.

Obama signed Peres’s guest book, after which Israeli children sang him the song ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical Annie.

Obama said the two met at Peres’ presidential home and talked about the Arab Spring, Iran and the peace process.

They opened their meeting with a planting ceremony. Obama brought Peres a magnolia tree from the White House garden.

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“This is the work of generations,” Obama said about peace. He framed that quote with a story from the Talmud about Honi and the carob tree. The tree yields carobs 70 years after it’s planted. So what’s the point of planting one, if you may never eat its fruits, Honi asks a man. The man tells him that when he came into the world, his father and grandfathers had planted carob trees for him to enjoy.

The man said he was planting carob trees for his children and grandchildren.



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 Mar 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM Customs Says:

How can he bring a whole tree into the country and I get stopped at Customs with a pack of cigarettes?

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM Anonymous Says:

To #1- If you wouldn't smoke, you wouldn't get stopped by customs! End of story!

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 01:42 PM victorg Says:

You have to hand it to Obama
I am just constantly impressed by his preparation for this visit. The Republicans really need to headhunt Obama's PR folks!

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 02:05 PM bored Says:

Now if only he would fall asleep for 70 years and wake up to see the results of healthcare scam.

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 02:11 PM Benny Says:

Reply to #1  
Customs Says:

How can he bring a whole tree into the country and I get stopped at Customs with a pack of cigarettes?

They also brought few hundred guns, are you surprised they brought the tree?
And I believe He didn't have to go through customs this time

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 04:04 PM enlightened-yid Says:

I see today is a special day that every topic on Obama in Israel is filled with moronic statements of lowest forms. Life is too good for Jews in America that we forget to appreciate the historic significance that a leader of a Super Power visiting a Jewish State with honest friendly intentions.

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 04:10 PM FrumJew Says:

Reply to #1  
Customs Says:

How can he bring a whole tree into the country and I get stopped at Customs with a pack of cigarettes?

Actually, they just dug up the tree to inspect it - check Drudge

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 04:10 PM DanielBarbaz Says:

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Customs Says:

How can he bring a whole tree into the country and I get stopped at Customs with a pack of cigarettes?

Uh, he's the President and you're not.

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM allmark Says:

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Customs Says:

How can he bring a whole tree into the country and I get stopped at Customs with a pack of cigarettes?

According to the UK Guardian, the tree has in fact been removed on the orders of the ministry of Agriculture. It will be examined for a specified amount of time before it is allowed to be permanently planted, as would be the case of any other similar agricultural product.

Also, this was all apparently known in advance; there is no mixup involved.

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 06:23 PM Wise-Guy Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

I see today is a special day that every topic on Obama in Israel is filled with moronic statements of lowest forms. Life is too good for Jews in America that we forget to appreciate the historic significance that a leader of a Super Power visiting a Jewish State with honest friendly intentions.

I agree with you on this.

We have grown so accustomed to freedom and equality in this country, that we tend to forget that we are still in exile but currently experiencing a welcome lull in our being persecuted by the nations. (Hopefully forever, till the final redemption.)

We should all be mindful that this event is really extraordinary. (albeit it isn't the first time it's happened in the last few decades.)
A world leader, the President and representative of the greatest super-power on Earth, is visiting a tiny country run by Jews! (Most Gentiles don't distinguish between Jews and Zionists.)

If we step back and ponder this, it's absolutely mind-boggling!

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 Mar 20, 2013 at 07:15 PM esther Says:

Reply to #6  
enlightened-yid Says:

I see today is a special day that every topic on Obama in Israel is filled with moronic statements of lowest forms. Life is too good for Jews in America that we forget to appreciate the historic significance that a leader of a Super Power visiting a Jewish State with honest friendly intentions.

i'm just wondering how you could possibly know his intentions.

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 Mar 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM Duvid18 Says:

you all missed the best part, Obama did not say Choni HaMaagal he called him Ploni as in Ploni Almoni

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