Vineyards and olive groves belong together in the Promised Land. When the nation of Israel entered the promised land, vineyards and olive groves were exactly what was found (Deut. 6:11). Israel was a land of olive trees (Deuteronomy 8:8). Olive oil was used by priests and prophets for ceremonial use in the temple. Kings were anointed with olive oil and Messiah means the anointed one. Olive trees symbolize the connection between people and land. In the New Testament the Apostle Paul calls Israel the root and the Christians from the nations as the grafted in branches. The fact that an olive branch symbolizes peace is not coincidental.
Archaeological excavations in Israel have revealed ancient olive presses dating back more than 5000 years. Evidence that Israel may have been the cradle of olive husbandry from where the practice spread throughout the Mediterranean countries. There are approx. 35000 hectares of olive groves spread over the country producing 20000 tons of olive oil annually. Olive groves are however rarely seen cultivated in the Negev desert!
For this reason, and in honor of Israel's 70th anniversary, Israel Today wants to create an olive grove. We will be setting aside two hectares for the purpose in the same area that we established our vineyard in Kadesh Barnea ten tears ago. Trusting in God and being led by the Zionist and pioneering spirit of greening the Land of Israel.