November 03, 2006

After Lebanon War, Israelis Rebuild Burnt Forests

Hizballah launched 4,000 rockets at northern Israel this summer, more than 600 of which fell in forests and set off hundreds of fires. At least 750,000 trees were burnt in the fires, which the Jewish National Fund (JNF) describes as the worst in Israel's 58-year-old history. It will take at least 50 years for the forests to return to their previous state, explains Omri Bonneh, JNF's northern Israel director.