Israeli forest's road to recovery - plant or wait?

A Russian firefighting plane sprays fire extinguishing material over the fire in Ein Hod, northern Israel, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. The cause of the worst forest fire in Israel's history is likely negligence, not arson, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters from around the world battled the blaze whipping through northern pine forests toward the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

December 9, 2010 8:15:05 AM PST
For more than a century, planting trees in this mostly desert land has been an act of almost spiritual importance, starting with those who helped create the state of Israel.