As Obama and his entourage prepare to descend on Israel demanding more territorial concessions for terrorists, it may be time for a reminder of how small Israel really is.
Marc Hendel, a south Florida native and recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, will soon attempt to become the first American to run the full length of Israel in nine days – from Rosh HaNikra, near the Lebanon border, to Eilat, the Red Sea port at Israel’s southernmost tip. Hendel is running to raise money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and for Youth Futures, a Jewish Agency for Israel-sponsored mentorship program that assists at-risk children throughout the Jewish state.
The 23-year-old will begin his nine-day, 470-kilometer Strengthening Bonds Run on Tuesday, March 12.
That ‘length’ is not even Israel’s strategic border. What matters is its width. Israel’s length is 263 miles. Its width at the narrowest point is only 9.3 miles.
If you wanted to run Israel’s width without the West Bank, you could do it in under two hours. Then think about the time that it would take a tank to cross that same distance.
If you want to follow Marc’s race, here is his site.