Obama Wants a Timetable for Withdrawal…

Just before his visit to Israel, apparently the Obama administration has leaked that Obama is coming here not for a photo opportunity, but to seriously move the defunct peace talks forward.

I saw this recently and wondered how to answer…and then, I just decided the best way to answer Obama is with the truth, simple, straight forward. It is a projection of the future, based on reality…it is…well, probably not what he wants to hear.

Obama wants, among other things, a timetable of when Israel plans to withdraw from Yehuda and Shomron, Judea and Samaria…the West Bank…all the same land, same history…no matter what you call it. And before you site international law on occupation versus disputed territory versus spoils of war, let me say it doesn’t really matter. Those who call it one name or another are often uninterested in fact.

So Mr. President, let me tell you that according to my math and some websites, Abraham was born 1,948 years after creation (yes, Israel was re-established in 1948 and doesn’t that bring a smile to your face?). When Abraham was fifty-five years old, God commanded him to go to Canaan…what we know as modern day (and ancient) Israel.

That means, Mr. President, the first Jew to enter Israel was 2,003 years after creation…or…to put it in more familiar terms, 1758 BCE. That makes our presence here in the land of Israel…oh, about 3,771 years, give or take a few (very few) when the Jews left for famine or whatever, and certainly, there have been Jews here continuously, for 2,000 years plus.

You may not want to admit it, but that is longer than any other nation alive today, certainly longer than any Arab/Palestinian/Muslim – or even Christian claim to this land. Our history here is documented, substantiated, proven. It is in the ground, buried deep and rediscovered regularly by anyone who digs deep enough to find the history waiting to be uncovered.

But that isn’t what you asked, was it? You asked about our future here. You want to know when we’d be leaving. I did some calculations, using common sense, the current political situation, my own knowledge and research,etc. and I figured out that we’ll be pulling out of Yehuda and Shomron, the West Bank, etc. – about one week before never; two days after the end of the world.

We’ll be here, Mr. President, long after you have turned to dust, your memory not even a breeze in the wind.

We’ll be here, Mr. Obama, until the end of time. This is what God has promised and this is what we have promised ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and theirs.

You want a timetable for when we’ll withdraw – I’ve given it to you.

Now, let’s talk about that other timetable – the one for peace in the Middle East you are so anxious to proclaim. Peace will happen, Sir, when the Palestinians want it, and not before. They are the major force stopping it from happening today and so they will be the determining factor for when it will come.

By my experience, I would venture the opinion that there will be peace when the Palestinians learn to stop dancing in the streets when they succeed in murdering children and exploding buses. Peace will come when they have no desire to fire rockets at us and no interest in demanding one thousand Arabs at a value of the life of one Jew. Peace will come when they encourage their children to study to become doctors, not martyrs and suicide bombers.

In other words, Mr. Obama – not in your lifetime, sorry.

So, really, if that’s why you are coming to Israel – perhaps you can save the gas, save the time, spare us the traffic and the headache your visit will inevitably cause. Unless, of course, you are bringing Jonathan Pollard home which is, as our Prime Minister said recently, long past due.

In the meantime, assuming you still plan on coming, if I were you, I’d go back to Plan B and begin working on what pictures you want.

About the Author
Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, A Soldier's Mother, has been running for more than 5 years. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write her thoughts and dream of a trip to Italy, Scotland, and beyond.