It was originally written as a reaction to the widespread arson of large areas of JNF woodland in Israel by Arabs at the time, but the message relayed within is quite obviously relevant on a much broader level - and purposely so. Although such incidents of arson by Arabs in Israel still continues to this day, my reason for posting this article has nothing to do with JNF trees.
Recently, we have been hearing all about the attempt by many brave, faithful Jews to return to the land that is rightfully their's in Gaza and, most frequently, Amona (in Northern Samaria). The Jewish communities there were destroyed during the "Disengagement Plan" of the Sharon government, and - quite rightly - faithful Jews everywhere have remained adamant that the expulsion of Jews from parts of the Land of Israel is wrong and immoral. As a result, many Jews are - again, quite rightly - attempting to resettle those areas, with countless shows of bravery, endurance and commitment. They are attempting to send the message to the world, loud and clear, that the Jewish People have the right to settle in any part of their Land that they wish to.
However, it must be said that Rav Kahane z"tl h"yd stressed many times that the settlement of parts of the Land of Israel - particularly within Judea, Samaria and (most of all) Gaza - simply cannot endure as long as the Arab enemy remains. The Rav even said directly that the Jews of Gaza - brave pioneers and faithful, G-D-fearing Jews - ran the risk of not meriting to pass on the Land in Gaza to their children, since one very important requirement for the aquisition of the Land of Israel is to expel the hostile and occupying nations from it (as we have just read in the land few Torah portions). If those nations are not expelled - as we are commanded to do - then the Land cannot be fully aquired.
And so I post this article as a reminder for all those good Jews who wish to settle the Land of Israel - to plant trees and build houses and raise families and establish places of worship and Torah-learning - that if the Arab menace is not removed, it could all be (G-D forbid) for naught...
They Burned My Trees