Tragedy struck on Mount Carmel near Haifa in December of 2010, during a particularly hot and dry winter, when a fire raged out of control and destroyed millions of trees, as well as parts of settlements, including the artists' village of Ein Hod. Israel had to call on foreign countries to assist in putting out the fire, which took four days to accomplish. It then took over a year for the land to recover sufficiently to begin replanting trees lost in the fire.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has supporters of Israel to thank for much of the reforestation of Israel that donations have made possible. Since 1901, the JNF has planted over 240 million trees in Eretz Israel.
South African Jews have opted for nonviolent communication strategies in support of Israel's God-given right and Covenant to possess the Holy Land. Mr. Ismael Coovadia, who knowingly and willingly served as South Africa's Ambassador to Israel until December, 2012, recently rejected a gift of 18 trees planted in his honor on land also recognized by the international community as Israeli territory.