The Olive Tree as a Symbol of Hope and Despair
The olive tree is known for its longevity. Israel is home to olive trees that are over 2,000 years old. More than any other tree, the olive tree symbolizes its rootedness and connection to the Land of Israel, it has the ability to overcome natural disasters as well as man-made ones. Regrettably, because of is symbolic charge, it has been uprooted mercilessly in territorial wars – an irreversible and heavily emotional predicament. As a tree that universally symbolizes peace, the very act of uprooting the tree in effect roots out any hope for coexistence, peace and calm.