Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin - The Netziv of Volozhin
"Behold, the sound of our Beloved, the Holy One Blessed be He, is presently upon us. After all, we see several causes emanating from the blessed Cause of all Causes, [indicating] that He wants the dispersed of Israel to settle the Land, little by little. He, therefore, swayed the hearts of the king - the Kaiser, may his glor increase - and his ministers to allow [the Jews] to create a committee and an organization to collect funds to support our brethren, the farmers and artisans of Eretz Yisrael and Syria...
"This is a sign that Hashem wants to establish a settlement of Jews in our Holy Land. We must, therefore, arouse and evoke a spirit of love for the Land and fulfill G-d's desire in any way it happens to present itself... Thus, at a time like this when we see how Hashem has aroused the hear of the generous one [i.e. Baron Rothschild] to do wondrous things for the sake of the Yishuv, persuading the Sultan and his ministers to content, these signs are His very words, as it says, They placed among them the words of His signs (Tehillim 105:27). And we must not be overly wise and say that it has to happen in a different way...(1)
(1) Shivat Tzion section 1, pages 17-18, as seen in Rise from the Dust, pages 62-63. Translated by R. Moshe Lichtman of the original Hebrew version MeAfar Kumi by Tzvi Glatt Hy"d.