Harvesting With Herzog

The Israeli President’s first olive harvest – gathering fruit with soldiers who normally gather intelligence

By Yossi Aloni |
IDF soldiers join President Herzog to harvest olives at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Newly-appointed Israel President Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal held the traditional olive harvest in the garden of the President’s Residence. Together with them, soldiers from the Combat Gathering Corps (intelligence gathering) participated in the tradition; along with the Pinkas family, the owners of the “Pinkas Mataim Farm,” who have been producing the presidential oil for years.

From the olives gathered, “Presidential” olive oil will be produced, to be given as a gift to guests of the Presidential Residence.

During the meeting the President chatted with the soldiers and said: “The olive harvest is a wonderful tradition in the garden of the Presidential Residence, which has taken place throughout the generations of presidents. We are happy to host you here today and keep this tradition alive with you!”

You too can take part in the olive harvesting tradition:

Purchase olive oil grown in the Israel Today olive groves, which are making Israel’s Negev Desert green.

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