President Barack Obama planted a magnolia tree in Israeli President Shimon Peres’ Jerusalem garden. It symbolizes the ever-growing strong friendship between the two countries. It also signifies the United States’ commitment to stand alongside Israel against nuclear-armed Iran.
But news has emerged that before the plant’s roots can take hold, the Israeli government will inspect it. A source told ABC News that the magnolia tree will be uprooted in a week by the Israeli Agriculture Department. The roots of the tree were covered with plastic when it was planted by Obama as Israel doesn’t allow plants within its borders from other countries.
Here are some pictures from the planting of the tree in the Holy Land:
Also, the tree was reportedly grown from a set of seed from the original Jackson Magnolia alongside the Rose Garden on the South Lawn of the White House.