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Sunday, February 08, 2004

Jews marked the New Year for Trees on Tu b'Shevat


A Jewish boy plants a tree at the Jewish Gaza Strip
settlement of Morag, as part of a Tu Bishvat tradition
February 8, 2004. REUTERS/ Nir Elias
According to Gilad Skolnick, "there were fewer than five million trees in the entire expanse of the country" when Israel declared its independence in 1948. Today it boasts over 200 million trees, he says, according to bridgesforpeace.com.

Israel is the only country in the world that ended the 20th century with more trees than it began with.
The United States, and the rest of the world for that matter, should look at Israel as a guide, leading all of humanity into an age of greater environmental awareness.