Einat Wilf 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Could Independence Party faction head Einat Wilf be prime minister of Israel in
the year 2031? The French newspaper Le Figaro thinks so.
As part of a
series of articles on how the world will look 20 years from now, Le Figaro
described a peaceful Middle East in which Israel is led by the current
40-year-old freshman MK who has degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and
Wilf and Jordanian King Hussein II inaugurate a bridge connecting
Jerusalem and Amman to the benefit of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian
“I cannot remember how it all seemed impossible when I was
first elected to the Knesset in 2009,” Wilf said at the ceremony, hailing “a new
era of prosperity and cooperation.” The article looks back on the success of an
Israeli- Palestinian peace accord signed at the White House in 2020. The unnamed
Palestinian president recalls being pardoned and released from an Israeli prison
as part of the accord.
The US president given credit for the accord is
David Petraeus, the American four-star general who is set to become CIA director
next month. The article notes that Petraeus was given the Nobel Peace Prize in
2021 for the achievement.
Iraq is described in 2031 as “a popular
destination for Americans, and many veterans of the Great War in the Middle East
often go to visit the battlefields.”
The Middle East is described as an
area of rapid economic development.
“Connecting the two banks of the
Jordan by an expressway is the ultimate symbol of the rapid development
experienced by the region in the last 10 years,” the article said. “Since the
customs union agreement signed last year between the Hashemite Kingdom, the
Republic of Palestine and the State of Israel, the latest checkpoints have been
removed and it is hardly one notices that you move from one city to
The article describes the younger generations as “more
interested in the economy than history and old quarrels trotted out by a few
elderly people.” It predicts a housing boom fueled by the revenues generated by
huge deposits of oil and gas offshore in the eastern Mediterranean.
rapid development is not without environmental problems, I am aware,” Wilf is
quoted as saying. “But by focusing on the high speed Damascus- Beirut-Tel
Aviv-Alexandria train, we should be able to ease the congestion of the
The current Wilf reacted with amusement to the article, saying
“With peace in the Middle East and the Israeli premiership perhaps I should
resign while I’m still ahead?”