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A Left-Wing Newspaper in Israel Came After Us This Week

The liberal media in Israel is coming against the Greening Israel Project with the hope of shutting us down. Help us reach our fundraising goal of 3,000 trees in the next five weeks by sponsoring a tree. Together, we can continue planting trees in Israel’s biblical heartland and keep the haters of Judea and Samaria from accomplishing their plans.

>>Sponsor a tree today. 


This week, Haaretz, one of the largest news publications in Israel, targeted our organization with a front page article entitled:  ‘Biblical Mandate’: The U.S. Evangelicals Behind the Latest West Bank Land Grab. 

In short, they denounced our Greening Israel tree planting project as simply another scheme to steal Palestinian Arab land in Judea and Samaria; except this time, the twist is that it is being done by evangelical Christians and not Jews. There’s just one problem. Their claims are 100% false. 

In the article, Haaretz says that several thousand trees that we planted over the last several years in Samaria are located on private Arab land. They even quoted a so-called “expert” from Karem Navot, a left-wing NGO organization that specializes in projects like denouncing Israel’s legitimacy to exist as a Jewish state, accusing Israel of apartheid, and accusing Israel of trying to Judaize parts of its own nation. For reference, that’s like claiming that America is attempting to Americanize the USA. Karem Navot has also partnered with organizations such as Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem, both of which have been proven to be far-left, anti-Israel NGOs who do not base their reports on truth or fact, but rather, lies and fabrications. 

The big question in this unprecedented attack by Haaretz is: why come against planting trees in Israel? First, let’s look at the pros and cons of planting trees in Israel: 

  • Trees can restore dry, barren, and desolate land. 
  • Trees are known to restore soil, get rid of thorn bushes, and bring back streams. 
  • Fruit trees provide food. 
  • Trees benefit multiple people, and in this case, can benefit bothJews and Arabs. 
  • Trees are a generational investment that will benefit our children and grandchildren. 

Those are the pros for planting trees in Judea and Samaria. To be fair, I’d like to list the cons, but so far, I haven’t come up with any. (Feel free to drop any cons in the comment section below.)

Did you know that 60% of the land in Judea and Samaria is uninhabited, 38% is taken up by Palestinian Arabs, and 2% by Jewish settlements?

To be clear, we have not, and never will plant trees on private Palestinian Arab land. All of our tree planting projects take place at sites that are on open, uninhabited land. 

The land of Israel has lain desolate, rocky, and barren for 2,000 years. Even though organizations started planting trees throughout Israel in the last 100 years, they have all avoided Judea and Samaria. That means that while the rest of Israel has begun springing back to life, Israel’s heartland is still desolate. 

The Greening Israel project aims to springboard bringing Judea and Samaria back to life, just like the prophets foretold. 

But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. (Ezekiel 36:8)

There are many people who want to see the prophecy of Ezekiel thwarted. With your help, however, we can press on towards the restoration of God’s Kingdom back to Israel. 

If you’d like to join the team, please consider sponsoring a tree, or multiple trees, in our ongoing campaign. We still have 1,500 trees that need to be sponsored before the end of September. Time is beginning to run out, and there are many people who want to see this prophetic, vital work stopped. 

Please consider sponsoring a tree for Israel’s heartland today. 

>>Join the tree planting team today. 

About the author

Luke Hilton is the Director of Marketing for HaYovel, an organization that brings Christians to Judea and Samaria, the Biblical Heartland of Israel, to serve the land and people in volunteer service. Luke has been speaking about Israel since 2011, and has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia speaking about Israel. He currently co-hosts The Israel Guys Youtube channel and podcast. Luke is based in Israel with his lovely wife Olivia and their five beautiful children.

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3 Responses
  1. Andria Spindel

    Good work guys. I love your program but more importantly, I love your support for Israel. Christian support, minus the proselytizing is very important for Israel and the Jewish people world wide.

  2. Nichola

    Where tree clearing is the order of the day in most countries with the Greenies complaining about that, you would think that a tree planting project would be welcomed. It just goes to show you how perverse these people are.

    BTW, I read many of the comments under the Haaretz article and they weren’t pretty.

    1. Shirin Frenkel

      The Greenies don’t give a straw about the environment, all their prattle is just an excuse to spread radical leftist ideas.

      I grabbed a vomiting bag and headed to the comment page. Unsurprisingly, the atheists were out in force. For supposedly superior and rational beings they are terribly emotional and hateful, aren’t they? *Shrugs*

      Mind you, the Israelis who commented are a tiny minority. Most of us hate that newspaper with passion, because its people hate us with passion too.