Bartlet (Martin Sheen) has convinced Israel and Palestine to visit Camp David for a round of peace negotiations. Leo (John Spencer) stays back in order to give the official okay to strike the Ein Hawa terrorist training camp in Syria.
THE WEST WING 6x02 - "THE BIRNAM WOOD" WRITTEN BY JOHN WELLS DIRECTED BY ALEX GRAVES Transcribed by Soundman for "TWIZ TV.COM". Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. TEASER FADE IN: INT. MEETING ROOM - CAMP DAVID - DAY DAY TWO We open in the meeting room. The many people here for the meeting are clapping and applauding for Bartlet. BARTLET We will require a resolution that balances the needs of both with respect to the national identities and the religious beliefs of both, but I'm telling you there can be no lasting peace, no regional stability, without a strong and secure Israel, and there can be no lasting peace without a sovereign, viable state for the Palestinians. CUT TO: INT. - PRESS ROOM - DAY We see, on a TV set, that C.J. is briefing the press. C.J. Good morning. Let me give you a rundown on what's happened so far at Camp David. We pan around into the Briefing Room where C.J. is standing at the podium. C.J. [cont.] The Israeli and Palestinian delegations arrived yesterday evening. The parties reconvened at 10:20 this morning and the President will be meeting privately with the Chairman and Prime Minister Zahavy at 12:00. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Alexander will make a brief statement after which he will take questions. General. C.J. steps back and General Alexander steps forward. ALEXANDER Moments ago, FA-18 Hornets off the Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf struck the Ein Hawa terrorist training camp, 32 kilometers southwest of Damascus in the Kingdom of Syria. CUT TO: INT. - MEETING ROOM - CAMP DAVID - DAY Bartlet is still talking with the delegations. BARTLET Whether you choose to do this today or ten years from today, you will face the same geography, the same neighbors, the same ancient animosities. More years of bloodshed and pain will not change those facts. The only path to a real and lasting peace is through negotiation. Debbie steps up to Bartlet and hands him a piece of paper with a note on it. He reads it while Toby stands and addresses the delegation. TOBY The parties have agreed to break into subgroups this afternoon after Chairman Farad, Prime Minister Zahavy, and President Bartlet meet to agree on topics of discussion. BARTLET Excuse me, Toby, if I may. He stands to speak. Toby sits. BARTLET [cont.] You'll be hearing this news shortly, but our FBI has identified the group responsible for the deaths of Americans in Gaza and we've launched an attack on their camp in Syria. Gentlemen, if you will, meet me on the Aspen Terrace at noon. Thank you. He leaves as the rest of the men and women around the table stand. SMASH CUT TO: MAIN TITLES. END TEASER. * * * ACT ONE FADE IN: EXT. - CAMP DAVID - DAY We open on a shot of three flagpoles bearing the flags of the United States, Israel, and Palestine. We pan around to see different buildings and people moving around. CUT TO: INT. - PORCH - DAY Toby, Will, and Kate are talking about the negotiations. TOBY No, no, no, no, no... WILL They're not getting Jerusalem. KATE We say that in our opening, Farad's not going to be here long enough to unpack his toothbrush. TOBY Go back to your opening list, again. WILL Farad gets security guarantees and takes tangible action against Hamas, and he ain't getting Jerusalem. TOBY Enough with Jerusalem! Kate. KATE Israel allows the Palestinians to form a viable, sovereign state in the Territories. We need to discuss the right of return... WILL We aren't going to get a deal on refugees. KATE They have to go somewhere. WILL Well, I hear there's room in Montana. They can rent a cabin and try to secede from the Union. TOBY Can we go inside. I got like flies or little gnats or something. KATE And we need something on Jerusalem. Bartlet walks in. BARTLET So, do we finally have a draft? WILL No. TOBY Yes. Toby takes a sheet of paper from Kate and brings it to Bartlet. WILL The Israelis aren't going to give up Jerusalem. KATE Palestinians aren't going to make a deal without it. Bartlet takes out his glasses and reads the paper. BARTLET We're back where we were last night? Charlie comes in. CHARLIE Delegation's are on their way. BARTLET We punt on Jerusalem this morning, tackle it later, agreed? As Bartlet begins to leave, Kate and Will stand. WILL Mister "Share-your-gum-with-everyone" over here. TOBY Yeah. WILL Why isn't Leo up here? CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - DAY Leo is sitting at the table listening to Haffley who is on TV. HAFFLEY [on TV] This President has a solemn duty to help the only true democracy in the Middle East to defend itself against murderers. Murderers of Israelis, murderers of thousands of... C.J. comes in. C.J. Josh lands in an hour. She sees Haffley on the TV. C.J. CNN's got the Speaker on an endless loop like a... Pink Floyd concert. It's their way of punishing us for cutting off access to Camp David. LEO Natives restless? C.J. There might be a mutiny afoot. I heard a couple of them plotting to throw our Mr. Coffee's into the Potomac. LEO Speaker's on his way over. I doubt he'll miss the cameras on his way in or his way out. C.J. You were looking for me? LEO We're losing the media war. I want us on the morning shows, Crossfire, Dateline, book This Old House if we can figure out an angle. C.J. Who goes? LEO You, me, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Fishery Exploitation; I don't care. We've got to get our message out. C.J. And what is our message? LEO "Shut up while we're trying to get them to stop killing each other." CUT TO: EXT. - ASPEN TERRACE - CAMP DAVID - DAY We see Bartlet, Farad, Zahavy, and Debbie walking to the couches set on the Terrace. FARAD Mr. President, how are your children? Your grandchildren? Everything is well, I hope. BARTLET They're all very well, thank you, Mr. Chairman. Please. Annie started high school last week. I've ordered some tea. Would anyone like anything else? ZAHAVY Uh, tea is fine, thank you. FARAD The same. BARTLET We need to agree on the topics of discussion for the subgroups. I've taken the liberty of coming up with a few things to help us get started. First, security for Israel after withdrawal from the Territories. ZAHAVY We will need to maintain military presence in the Jordan... FARAD What sort of a message this sends to my people about sovereignty. BARTLET Please, excuse me. Discussion of these issues is for the subgroups. We're only suggesting topics now. An aide brings a tray with the tea on it and sets it on one of the tables. BARTLET Thank you. Second, Disposition of the settlements and the land apportioned to them. Third, right of return for refugees. ZAHAVY Though it is not "right" of return, it's a "claim" of return. BARTLET Fourth, how the Palestinian Authority will go about dismantling terrorist groups. Well, that's four topics. I guess we can catch a double-feature now. FARAD What about Jerusalem? BARTLET I thought we would put off discussion of Jerusalem until after... ZAHAVY We will not give up control of Jerusalem. FARAD Jerusalem is central to our topics here. BARTLET Gentlemen, please, let's begin on these four issues and see if we can reach an agreement... FARAD We should start with Jerusalem. If we can't resolve that, why are we spending time on the little things? ZAHAVY Little things? Like denouncing terrorism? FARAD Our capital must be Jerusalem. ZAHAVY Israel will not give up Jerusalem. FARAD Then why are we here? Why are any of us here? Zahavy stands. ZAHAVY For once, Mr. Farad, you are right. My apologies, Mr. President, there is no progress to be made here. I should never have accepted your invitation. BARTLET Sit back down, Eli. ZAHAVY No, no. We will not negotiate sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Farad stands as well and we can tell that their discussion is becoming a little more heated. FARAD The Dome of the Rock stands on the site where the prophet Muhammad... Bartlet stands with a bit of frustration. BARTLET Stop it, both of you. Gentlemen, I have staked my personal credibility and the credibility of the United States on suggesting, perhaps foolishly, that the Israelis and the Palestinians are reasonable people who would like to at least try to resolve their differences peacefully: no one is going home after one hour of talks. Now then, the subgroups will begin on these four topics after lunch. Thank you. Zahavy leaves. FARAD Excuse me. Farad leaves in the opposite direction. BARTLET That went well, don't you think? CUT TO: INT. - HALLWAY - WHITE HOUSE - DAY C.J. is walking down the hall. Carol is walking beside her and Josh is walking behind her. CAROL C.J.? I've got you booked on Meet the Press, Crossfire, and Taylor Reid. C.J. Taylor Reid? CAROL Nobody else would do it. JOSH Now that's good staff work. Hey. C.J. Hey. They hug. C.J. How's Donna? They begin talking as they walk to Josh's office. JOSH She threw me out. Her mother's driving her crazy and her IRA boyfriend is plotting sedition... or maybe it was seduction, probably both. C.J. The dashing photojournalist? JOSH Yeah. I think the professional term is "wanker." C.J. Listen to you: too much BBC. JOSH Too much sauerbraten... Leo's still down here? C.J. Yeah, he's in his office. JOSH Why isn't he up at Camp David? C.J. shakes her head. CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S OFFICE - DAY Leo is sitting at his desk. Josh comes to the door and knocks before coming in. JOSH So, where do you want me? LEO How's Donna? JOSH Better. May be able to fly in a few days. LEO Get up to Camp David. Toby's climbing the walls, thinks the President's going to give away the store. JOSH When are you coming up? LEO Tomorrow. Maybe the day after. JOSH Everything okay? LEO The Syrians are blowing enough gaskets to open a new subcontract. They want a resolution at the U.N. Josh interrupts, walking out as he does. JOSH I'll stop by my apartment, I'll pick up some clothes, I'll drive straight up. LEO Margaret! Margaret comes in. LEO Have we heard anything from the President this morning? MARGARET No, sir. You want me to call Debbie? LEO No, thanks. She leaves. CUT TO: INT. - BRIEFING ROOM - DAY C.J. is briefing the press. C.J. Good afternoon. The President, the Prime Minister met successfully this morning over coffee at Aspen to finalize the topics for today's discussions. Following lunch, the delegations are breaking into subgroups for this afternoon's talks on a variety of mutually-agreed-upon subjects. While it's too early to comment on the direction and tenor of the talks, I can tell you the luncheon buffet of Maryland crabcakes, baked New England cod, and Washington... CUT TO: INT. - MEETING AREA - DAY [Transcriber's Note: Several of the following areas are not clearly defined. Therefore, they have all been simply named Meeting Area. It will be made clear who is meeting in each one. They are all at Camp David.] Josh, Toby, and Will are speaking with Mukarat, Zahavy, and Defense Minister Massar. MASSAR We must have a military presence in the Jordan Valley to secure the borders. MUKARAT And how will that be different from the current occupation? How are we a sovereign nation with IDF units in our streets. MASSAR We're gonna have 4 million Palestinians living next door. Israel could be cut in two by tanks and artillery in about 15 minutes. TOBY What tanks? What artillery? Even if every Palestinian man, woman, and child were given an Uzi, they'd be no match for your military. MASSAR And we have no intention of allowing that to change. MUKARAT We must be allowed to defend ourselves. ZAHAVY Defend yourselves? From who? MUKARAT How about Hamas? How are we expected to argue there is no longer a reason to fight when your army is still there, exactly as before? MASSAR We cannot support a withdrawal from the territories without assurances of our security, and that, gentlemen, means our troops. CUT TO: INT. - MEETING AREA - DAY Farad, Galit, Kate, and several other people are sitting at a table and are talking. FARAD A million Palestinians were being forced from their homes, their... GALIT Closer to 700,000, and they weren't expelled. They left after being urged to do so by our... FARAD We were being terrorized by Zionist troops who were threatening to torch every Arab village in the... GALIT You accepted the Partition Plan in '47. Not a single Palestinian would become a refugee... KATE If I might interrupt... FARAD The Palestinians were being massacred. Even Israeli historians admit this. GALIT It was war, only three years after the Holocaust. If we had lost there would have been another wholesale slaughter of Jews. KATE Mr. Chairman, Madame Ambassador, excuse me. It may be more productive to turn our attention to current problems rather than the events of 50 years ago. FARAD If there is room for a million Russian Jews in Israel, why isn't there room for Palestinians who simply wish to go home? FADE OUT. END ACT ONE. * * * ACT TWO FADE IN: EXT. - WHITE HOUSE - DAY We see an aerial shot of the exterior of the White House. CUT TO: INT. - BRIEFING ROOM - DAY DAY THREE We see that C.J. is briefing the press about the talks at Camp David. C.J. Good afternoon. Let me give you a brief rundown of what's happened at Camp David this morning. The delegations continue to meet to discuss a number of issues. They will begin at 10:00 and will resume after lunch. They will end early, as it is Friday, and Prime Minister Zahavy has invited the President and First Lady to join the Israeli delegation for a Shabat dinner. I'll take a few questions. Katie? KATIE Can you tell us what issues are being discussed and is progress being made? C.J. The talks include a broad range of issues and getting Israelis and Palestinians to sit in a room together without a combat unit or trial attorney is progress. CUT TO: EXT. - BASKETBALL COURT - CAMP DAVID - DAY We see that Charlie, Toby, Will, Josh and Bartlet are playing basketball while discussing the negotiations. Abbey and Kate are sitting on the sidelines watching. WILL The Israelis will return the territories but they want a military presence. TOBY The Palestinians don't get how it's going to be their house if it comes furnished with Israeli tanks. JOSH Have you mentioned Germany? We've had troops there for 50 years. TOBY They asked how many British troops were still stationed in Philadelphia after the American Revolution. JOSH Plenty. But they were, you know, shackled to the wall. BARTLET What about settlements? KATE The Israelis are hinting they'll abandon everything in Gaza but they want 75% of the West Bank settlements to remain. Mukarat might go for it if he gets Israeli land in exchange. BARTLET Sounds promising. KATE Yeah. Only, Mukarat wants twice as much area as the Israelis say the settlements actually sit on. ABBEY How's he justifying that? KATE He says the Israelis took the best land. Wants 2-for-1 in exchange. BARTLET Dismantling terror? WILL The Israelis want Farad to renounce terrorism, but in Arabic on Al Jazerra. And they want more than just a promise to disarm Hamas, they want it to happen before they leave. BARTLET What do the Palestinians say? TOBY That Farad's renounced terrorism... JOSH Is that why he keeps calling for the "blood of a million martyrs," in all his speeches? WILL I thought that was a problem with the interpretation. BARTLET Right of return? KATE Farad wants the right of return to apply to all Palestinians. The Israelis are understandably concerned about 3 million Palestinians moving back in. JOSH Gallop did some polling in the West Bank. Found that, while refugees wanted the right to come back, most wouldn't. WILL That's great. Then they won't be disappointed. ABBEY Well, look at the bright side: nobody shot anybody else the first day. Bartlet shoots the basketball from about the three-point line and makes it in. BARTLET Okay. WILL Nice shot. BARTLET We start small. See if we can get an agreement on anything, no matter how inconsequential. Something we can build on. I'll continue to sit out so I can jump in later, but one small move is all we need to get things rolling. Thanks, guys. TOBY Thank you, Mr. President. Toby, Will, Kate, and Charlie leave the court. Bartlet comes to sit next to Abbey and Josh comes over to speak with him. JOSH Sir, is there anything else I can do to help? BARTLET Go with Toby and Will; I think they need some positive reinforcement. JOSH Sir, should we be here? BARTLET Glad you're back, Josh. JOSH Yes, sir. Bartlet indicates for Josh to go on. Josh leaves. ABBEY Jed, where's Leo? CUT TO: INT. - MEETING ROOM - DAY Galit, Kate, Farad, and the other people are in the room talking. GALIT The Palestinians only became refugees when our Arab neighbors refused to accept them. 800,000 Jews were similarly expelled from Arab nations. 600,000 of them were resettled in Israel without compensation from Arab countries. KATE Madame Ambassador, you bring up the issue of compensation. Would Israel be prepared... FARAD We are not asking for money. We want the right of return. GALIT We can't allow 3 million refugees the right to freely reenter. FARAD Of course not! Since the 19th century, Zionist leaders have advocated a transfer of Arabs out of Palestine. GALIT We can not accept an unlimited right of immigration. KATE Perhaps we should take a break. GALIT If the Arab population had not been uprooted, no Jewish state could have arisen. FARAD So, it was all right for Palestine to transfer its native population to establish a Jewish state? He stands. FARAD We are prepared to sacrifice, yes, but not to formalize our dispossession. Excuse me. He leaves. CUT TO: INT. - MEETING ROOM - DAY Zahavy, Massar, Mukarat, Toby, Will, and Josh are sitting around a table, talking. ZAHAVY And the removal of our forces from the territories would create a power vacuum. How are we to prevent rocket attacks from Palestinian-controlled areas. MUKARAT It would be our responsibility to gain control over our militants. MASSAR We've tried that before. MUKARAT You've never given us enough time to assert ourselves before you come rushing back in with your tanks. MASSAR Well, it's almost 4:00, and we have to end early this evening for caballah shabat. Toby stands. TOBY Right. Why don't we meet back here tomorrow morning at 10:00? Zahavy and Massar stand to leave. ZAHAVY Excuse me. Thank you. Josh and Will stand after they leave. MUKARAT They've done everything in their power to undermine moderate leadership. Don't they understand when the blow up leaders of Hamas with bombs, all those Palestinian homes, they only make them stronger? Boys and girls, they no longer want to be doctors, teachers, engineers. Now, they all want to be martyrs. He leaves. CUT TO: EXT. - ROAD - CAMP DAVID - DAY We see that a car is parked. A secret Service agent gets out and opens and umbrella before opening the rear door. Leo steps out. He waves off the umbrella as he adjusts his coat and walks around the car to head toward one of the buildings. CUT TO: INT. - MEETING ROOM - DAY Bartlet, Kate, Josh, Will, and Toby are sitting on couches and are talking. BARTLET So, there's an opening on compensation for refugees? KATE Maybe. But Israel's not going to agree to an unlimited right of return. There might be a pitch for most of them going to the new Palestinian state and Israel agreeing to take in a few. Something like the 9% who told Gallop they might want to go. BARTLET Okay. Work on that. Toby? TOBY Not much on security. The Israelis aren't ready to leave a West Bank that isn't protected militarily. WILL And we're still far apart on any kind of land swap for the settlements. JOSH And Mukarat's sticking at 10%. TOBY The Israelis are saying 3%. BARTLET Any ideas on how to break the logjam? We see, behind Bartlet's shoulder, Leo walk in the screen door. JOSH Too bad Congress isn't here. They'd just cook the books and hold a press conference. CHARLIE Mr. President, you should get ready for dinner. BARTLET All right. We need some suggested solutions on security and settlements. That's tonight's homework. Bartlet leaves to get ready. TOBY OK. Rose Bud, after dinner. We solve world peace. They all get up and leave except for Josh and Toby who stay to talk to Leo. LEO How's it going? They say nothing. LEO Yeah. TOBY You going to talk to him? JOSH Somebody better do something, or this time next week, it's going to be us who lose our right to return. CUT TO: EXT. - YARD - DAY We see that the members of the Palestinian delegation are set up in a small area with a short level of stone part of the way around. Each man has a rug set out in front of him, and they are standing at the very end. They are in three rows: seven men in the back row, eight men in the middle row, and Farad, by himself, is in the front row. Farad turns and speaks to a man who begins reciting a prayer. FARAD (speaks Arabic) MAN (speaks Arabic) CUT TO: INT. - DINING ROOM - DAY We cut to inside the building where Bartlet, Abbey and the Israeli delegation is beginning dinner. We see Maya Zahavy lighting some candles. We can still hear the Palestinians praying. CUT TO: EXT. - YARD - DAY We see that Farad is now speaking, presumably singing some sort of hymn. CUT TO: INT. - DINING ROOM - DAY We see that Maya is performing the ritual to begin the dinner. She begins praying. We can hear the Palestinians praying in the background. MAYA ZAHAVY (speaks Hebrew) CUT TO: EXT. - YARD - DAY The Palestinians are still praying. MAYA [OS] (speaks Hebrew) CUT TO: INT. - DINING ROOM - DAY MAYA (speaks Hebrew) She finishes the prayer. ALL Amen. MAYA Shabat shalom. ALL Shabat shalom. We see Zahavy pick up the wine and begin pouring. CUT TO: EXT. - YARD - DAY We see the Palestinians are now on their knees on their mats, with their heads bowed to the ground. CUT TO: INT. - DINING ROOM - DAY Zahavy is speaking. ZAHAVY (speaks Hebrew) We see Bartlet holding a cup of wine. We next see Zahavy using a pitcher of water to wash his hands. He pours the water over his hands and then uses a towel to dry them. We cut back and forth several times between the dinner and the Palestinian worship ceremony. CUT TO: EXT. - YARD - DAY Farad is leading the worship. FARAD (speaks Arabic) We see that Kate and Charlie are watching the Palestinians from a distance. KATE It's beautiful, isn't it? That's the law. They have to do it five times a day. CUT TO: INT. - DINING ROOM - DAY We see that Zahavy has uncovered the bread that Bartlet and the delegation will eat. He picks it up and begins to pray over it. ZAHAVY (speaks Hebrew) ALL Amen. We flash to the worship outside and then back to the dinner, where Zahavy has cut a piece of bread and is sprinkling some sort of herb over it. We next see him and Maya eat their piece of bread. CUT TO: EXT. - YARD - DAY We see Kate and Charlie talking and then we pan over to see the Palestinians getting up from their prayer and worship. KATE The tragedy is that the Palestinians and the Jews are so much alike. CHARLIE How's that? KATE All through history no one's wanted either of them. CUT TO: INT. - DINING ROOM - DAY We see the people in the room sit down at the table for dinner. FADE OUT. END ACT TWO. * * * ACT THREE FADE IN: EXT. - YARD - CAMP DAVID - DAY DAY FOUR We see the sprinklers activate at the lawn at Camp David. We hear C.J. giving a briefing. C.J. [VO] Good morning. Let me, as has become my custom, give you a tantalizing yet maddeningly generic rundown of what's gone on since yesterday afternoon's briefing. CUT TO: INT. - CABIN - DAY We see that several men, either from the White House, the Israeli delegation, or the Palestinian delegation, asleep around the coffee table. C.J. can still be heard briefing the press. C.J. The President had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Zahavy. I think this was sometime after 10:00 pm. This was at the Prime Minister's cabin. The President then hosted Chairman Farad at his cabin. I won't say whether they played the obligatory game of twister. We pan around to where we see Toby, Josh, and Kate walking into the cabin. They are talking. TOBY Fixed positions won't work. JOSH How long will they be there? KATE I don't know, 4 years. TOBY Farad's going to hate it, Zahavy's going to hate it even more. KATE Do you have a better idea? JOSH Yeah: wait till they die. I'll be free the whole millennium. TOBY Two old paleo-nationalists who have been clawing each other's eyes out for 50 years; they don't want to deal. What are they going to do for fun? Swap recipes for Matzapri? JOSH I hear the lawn-bowling's great in Tel Aviv. TOBY With human pins, apparently. Leo walks in. He looks as though he is sick. LEO How's it coming? JOSH Are you alright? You're looking a little bit... LEO Those left-over taquitos Will found in here last night. Anybody got an antacid, or maybe an aunt who knows how to cook? Toby tosses him a pill bottle. TOBY Keep 'em. I got more back in the room. LEO So? JOSH Kate has an idea on security. KATE Israelis pull out of the West Bank but get to keep troops in fixed positions for three or four years. After that, they fall back to Israel but get to keep some sort of early warning post for monitoring. LEO Okay. KATE Excuse me? LEO I said okay. KATE Where were you for the last three hours? LEO Let's take it out for a walk. TOBY Walking a dog is a perfect analogy. KATE Toby's not a fan. TOBY Well, Zahavy may go for it, but every time we get close to anywhere, Massar jumps in. LEO The Defense Minister? Leo's phone starts ringing. LEO You got to split 'em up. TOBY How are we supposed to do that? LEO I don't know. You'll think of something. He answers his phone and walks off. CUT TO: EXT. - YARD - CAMP DAVID - DAY We see a golf cart pull up driven by two men. Toby and Massar are on the back, both carrying shotguns. MASSAR I've always wanted to try skeet shooting. Do you shoot often. TOBY Yeah. You know, once or twice a week, when it's in season. MAN Here we are, gentlemen. The man hands them some shells. MASSAR So, tell me Toby: how exactly does this work? TOBY Well, they hurl a couple of clay pigeons, and we shoot 'em. Unless they hurl them the wrong direction, then we duck. Massar laughs. MAN You know how to fire a gun, sir? TOBY Yeah. I'm fine. MAN Ready, Mr. Minister? Massar cocks his gun and aims. MASSAR Pull. The man releases the skeet and Massar shoots and hits it. Toby winces and covers his hear. TOBY How long were you in the Army? MASSAR I still am. Every Israeli citizen is in the reserves. Your turn. Toby loads his gun and closes it. MASSAR You sure you know how to do this? TOBY I know back in Israel you play this game with Cobra gunships, but I'm fine. He prepares to shoot and Massar glares at Toby's stance. TOBY What? MASSAR You may now want to rest like this, you have to stand more, you know, firm. TOBY Yeah, well, this is the way we do it in Brooklyn. Pull. The skeet is released and Toby shoots. The recoil from the gun knocks him over on his back. CUT TO: EXT. - LUNCH TABLE - DAY Josh and Kate are meeting with Zahavy. They have already told him their plan and are waiting for a response from him. ZAHAVY The fixed positions in the West Bank for four years? KATE Maybe less, if things go well. ZAHAVY Then how many monitoring sights after? JOSH Two or three, so you can keep an eye on the Jordanian border and the Palestinians. There is a long pause and it seems as though he might not go for it. KATE It could be more than four years, if that's what you're... ZAHAVY We would need a mechanism to deal with emergency developments. We see a look of disbelief on both their faces as though they were sure he would not agree. CUT TO: EXT. - ASPEN TERRACE - DAY Bartlet is seated and Josh, Will, and Kate are standing around him. They have told him what Zahavy said. BARTLET He'll do it? JOSH Some version of it, yes, sir. BARTLET And Farad? KATE Farad'll be the last to sign on. WILL Mukarat will probably support it if we can get him away from Farad. BARTLET Where are we on right of return? WILL Israelis won't do an unlimited right. Farad is standing on principle. KATE I can work on him. I think he likes me. BARTLET Josh, Will, get back in with Zahavy before Toby has to start feeding the clay pigeons and get him to commit on security. OK, let's go. They walk off as Bartlet stands. We see Leo standing behind them waiting to talk to Bartlet. BARTLET We may just have our tennis match. Leo says nothing. BARTLET You don't think so? LEO We haven't got to the tough part. BARTLET We're making progress. LEO Yes, sir, you are and that's laudable. BARTLET Laudable? You make it sound like an honorarium from some two-bit chiropractic college in Arizona. LEO When are you planning to discuss Jerusalem? BARTLET That'll be the last thing. LEO Because it's the only thing that... BARTLET Damn it, don't you think I know that? There is a pause, in which neither say anything. LEO I'll go see if I can get Galit to give us a number on compensation. Leo walks off, as does Bartlet. CUT TO: EXT. - BRIDGE - CAMP DAVID - DAY We see a walkway bridge is built over a stream. We pan up to see Farad waiting at the middle of the bridge, near the side. Kate walks over to him from one end of the bridge. KATE Mr. Chairman, I know how difficult it would be for you to even appear to be abandoning your principle. It's just not reasonable to ask the Israelis to allow an unlimited number of refugees to return. FARAD I was born in the city of Safra. Do you know Safra? It's in the mountains of Habrigaly. I was eight years old when the leaders left. There were 52 Arabs in Safra but only a thousand three hundred Jews. Within a month, the Haganah had taken over the city. My eldest sister, Amira, was killed. The body of my brother, Aziz, was found hanging from a burned Cyprus tree. We fled to Syria; lived in tents, ate the United Nations handouts and surplus American cheese. I still remember the view of the valley from the roof of our house; the smell of the pomegranates; the sound of children playing in our orchard. The home of my father, of my aunts and uncles, they are now art galleries and bed and breakfasts. Will I get to go home, Ms. Harper? KATE No, sir, probably not. But is that worth not having any home at all? CUT TO: EXT. - LUNCH TERRACE - DAY Kate has just got back from talking with Farad. Josh walks up to her and Will, Toby, and Bartlet are standing near her. JOSH You got Farad to go along on right of return? KATE I think it's doable. WILL I'm taking her with me the next time I buy a car. TOBY That leaves us with the big one. KATE Any chance we can just give Jerusalem to the Swiss? JOSH So, who goes in? BARTLET I do. Bartlet turns and walks into the cabin behind them. CUT TO: EXT. - TERRACE - FARAD'S CABIN - DAY Bartlet is on the terrace talking with Farad. BARTLET Shared sovereignty of Jerusalem is the only realistic approach. FARAD No. If anyone led you to believe we could agree... BARTLET Mr. Chairman, do you really want to see your people oppressed for another generation? Shared custody of the city and its holy sites is the only... FARAD Why do you continue to support Israel? Hatred of America grows because of this, and not just in the Muslim countries. BARTLET I've done more to support the Palestinian cause than anyone who's ever sat in my chair. FARAD The Haram Sharif, the Dome of the Rock, stands on the site where the prophet Mohammed landed in his divine journey from Mecca to Jerusalem. BARTLET Mr. Chairman, there isn't a single member of your delegation who doesn't think turning down the offer of a Palestinian homeland in 1947 was lunacy, a colossal mistake. Please, do not make the same mistake today. CUT TO: EXT. - WOODED AREA - CAMP DAVID - DAY We see Josh and Toby tossing a football while discussing the situation. JOSH He's not going to do it. Farad's elevated being a victim into an art form. What? TOBY Nothing. JOSH Come on, you're not starting to buy what he's selling, too. He's a terrorist. TOBY With some legitimate grievances. JOSH Please. TOBY What, now suddenly you're Jewish. I don't remember seeing you at temple. JOSH 1938, millions of men, women, and children running for their lives from gas chambers tried to seek refuge in any country that would take them; no one would, not even America. TOBY So they settle in the middle of a region that still believes in public stonings and harems? The Palestinians are the Jews of the Arab world. JOSH Even with the bombs Israel is the one place it's okay to be Jewish. TOBY And here. JOSH German Jews in the '20s were mighty comfortable. TOBY Well, this isn't Germany. This is America. JOSH Home of the KKK. TOBY Where you and I work in the White House to make sure the Justice department rips their Jew-hating hoods off. Will walks up. WILL Bartlet got Farad. They follow Will back up to the cabin area. CUT TO: EXT. - WOODS - DAY Bartlet is walking along a path with Zahavy and they are talking about Jerusalem. BARTLET The general principle would be that Arab areas are Palestinian and Jewish areas are Israeli; Israeli sovereignty over the Western Wall, Palestinian sovereignty over the Haram. There would have to be a firm commitment from both parties not to excavate under the Haram or behind the wall, of course. ZAHAVY You have kept us here for five days, negotiating contriving little things we didn't want to do but we have tried, struggled to find a common ground because we value your friendship and that of the United States; but I have taken a solemn oath before God and my people not to give up Jerusalem. I told that on the first day. I told you. He begins gesticulating with great fervor to try to get his point across to Bartlet. ZAHAVY [cont.] And yet you continue to talk and to talk; you have not been listening. Mr. President, my right eye will fall out, my right arm will fall off before I ever sign a document giving up Jerusalem. BARTLET Mr. Prime Minister, please listen. ZAHAVY No, there have been enough thoughts, Mr. President. We are going home. Thank you. He walks off, leaving Bartlet alone. We see Bartlet look off the side of the bridge walkway they were standing on and into the water. FADE OUT. END ACT THREE. * * * ACT FOUR FADE IN: INT. - CABIN - NIGHT We see and hear that Bartlet, Leo, Kate, Toby, Will, Josh, Charlie and Abbey are talking. WILL No, no, no. They're not going to go for it. KATE They might. WILL They won't. TOBY We go to Mukarat, convince him to take something less than sovereignty over the Arab sections of the city. WILL Something less, like what? TOBY I don't know some sort of custodial arrangement. WILL How about a floral arrangement? "Best wishes for the 93rd Interfadah." CHARLIE State put off the Israeli departure until 8:00 in the morning. BARTLET What'd they tell them? CHARLIE That State police needed 10 hours to secure the road. BARTLET Call C.J. Tell her there'll be an announcement in the morning. TOBY Yeah. BARTLET Have you started working on a statement? TOBY "A cycle that cannot be broken overnight," "A step toward..." insert your favorite platitude here. ABBEY There's always regional calamity. BARTLET All right, everyone, let's get a good night's sleep. TOBY Thank you, Mr. President. Good night. They get up and leave. Leo walks over to talk with Bartlet. LEO I'll have C.J. work on some post-mortems, get our side of the story out; maybe a one-on-one with Times or Newsweek. [pause] They weren't ready. Goodnight, Mr. President. He leaves. Abbey sits down on the arm of the chair and kisses Bartlet on the back of the head. CUT TO: EXT. - DINNER SITE - NIGHT We see that several people are having dinner inside an open-air structure. The camera pans around to where we can see Josh trying to make a call on his cell phone. Kate walks up to talk to him. KATE Cell phone service sucks up here. JOSH Yeah, not many good spots; this is usually one of them. KATE Who are you trying to call at 2:00 in the morning? Someone you hate, I hope. JOSH It's Germany. It's morning over there already. KATE Is your assistant doing better? JOSH She may fly back on Wednesday. KATE It's a search for two freedoms: for Israel, the freedom from terror; for the Palestinians, the freedom from Israel. That's what F.M. Nocman called it. His book on the Six-Day War was pretty... JOSH What? Boring? Overwritten? KATE Find Toby and Will. I'll meet you at Aspen. She gets up to walk away. JOSH What? KATE Get Toby and Will. CUT TO: INT. - ASPEN CABIN - NIGHT Kate is talking to Bartlet. Josh, Will, Toby, and Abbey are also there. KATE After the Six-day War, the Israelis offered to give the U.N. diplomatic status and immunities in the holy sights in Jerusalem. WILL So? KATE So if they were willing to do it in '67, why not now? They give the Muslim holy sights the status of diplomatic missions. The Israelis can keep all the sovereignty the want, they still can't enter without permission from the Palestinians. BARTLET So the Palestinians would have a sovereign-like state that was inviolable like a foreign embassy. KATE The Palestinians'll love it because it gives them the same custodial status over the Haram like the Saudis have over sights like Mecca and Medina. There's only one catch. When the Israelis offered it the first time they wanted peacekeepers as part of the deal, in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank. ABBEY The U.N. will cough up peacekeepers if it will solve the Middle-East crisis. TOBY It can't be the U.N. U.N. peacekeepers have no credibility with the Israelis. They let Egypt attack Israel through the Sinai in '67. It's going to have to be us. JOSH How many troops? WILL The Israelis have around 20,000 in the West Bank and Gaza. KATE The Europeans will probably pitch in, maybe contribute 10%. JOSH 18,000 American troops patrolling the PLO's backyard. [pause] Where the hell is Leo? CUT TO: INT. - LEO'S CABIN - NIGHT Leo's phone can be heard ringing. He turns on the lamp on his bedside table and looks at his watch. CUT TO: INT. - WASHROOM - LEO'S CABIN - NIGHT Leo flips on the lights in his bathroom and we see his reflection in the mirror. We see that he is not looking very good and looks as though he has had a rough night. CUT TO: INT. - ASPEN CABIN - NIGHT Bartlet, Abbey, Toby, Will, Josh, and Kate are still talking. Leo comes in the front door. WILL How are the other Arab nations going to feel about this? ABBEY The King of Jordan will put up with some new neighbors. It'll give him peace and quiet in his own backyard. JOSH And folks in the West Bank are just going to roll out the welcome mat for G.I. Joe when he climbs out of his Humvee in Ramallah? ABBEY Well, if we're going to stay up all night, I'm going to order some coffee and get dressed. She gets up and walks away. JOSH Is this really our job? Sending American teenagers into that breech. LEO What are we talking about? WILL About putting an American peacekeeping force in the territories. LEO And we think that's a good idea? JOSH Some of us do. KATE The Palestinians want the Israelis out of the territories and the Israelis don't want to leave the Palestinians there alone. We need an outside force to secure the borders, to ensure a smooth transition. LEO You think Congress is going to authorize that? KATE They've been asking for a show of force. LEO We'd be throwing ourselves into a conflict we don't understand and give religious fanatics even more to scream about. Not to mention political capital, economic costs. BARTLET It shouldn't be our job, but no one else can do it. LEO Can I speak to you privately for a moment? Bartlet gets up and he and Leo walk outside. We follow them, and we can still hear the others talking in the cabin. LEO I can't support this decision. For a short period we may be welcome but what happens when we have to start kicking in doors, declare martial law? BARTLET Once they establish a rule of law and their economy settles down, they'll be fine. LEO This isn't a romp in the desert, you're committing American lives to something that may go on for decades! BARTLET [yelling] How are we not involved now?! He quiets and leans against the railing. BARTLET We can't keep having this argument. LEO No, sir, we can't. There is a pause in which both say nothing. Then Leo speaks. LEO My counsel is no longer of use to you. Perhaps it's time... BARTLET So, if I disagree with your advice you have to threaten me. LEO This is your own League of Nations. And it'll ruin you like it ruined Wilson. BARTLET Okay. I'll need your successor in place before you leave. LEO I'll get you some names. BARTLET Yeah. Bartlet walks back into the cabin as Josh walks out. He walks over to the bridge walkway where Leo is standing. Leo doesn't look good. JOSH Is everything all right? LEO Yeah. JOSH Is he still going to do it? LEO You should get back in there, find out what the President needs... JOSH Are you sure you're okay? LEO I just need some air. Go. Josh does not move. LEO Go. Josh walks back inside. Leo unbuttons his coat and accidentally rips a button off. He turns and begins walking away, looking as though he is in some pain. He walks slowly. As he comes to the middle of the bridge he is crossing he stops. He grabs his chest and begins double in pain. He grabs his chest because of the pain. When the pain seems to have passed he begins walking away. CUT TO: EXT. - WOODS - EARLY MORNING We see Leo walking through the woods. His breathing is labored and he is obviously in a great deal of pain. At one point we see through his eyes, seeing that his vision is slightly impaired and he is stumbling. As he is walking, he grabs a nearby tree and his face contorts in pain. He lets out a silent scream. After a few moments he looks as though the pain has passed and he even shows a slight smile. He walks a few steps and the pain comes back. He grabs another tree and this time actually lets out an audible scream of pain. We see him double up in pain and then, from a distance, we see him fall to the ground. He rolls over in an attempt to get up but does not. FADE TO: EXT. - ZAHAVY'S CABIN - DAY DAY FIVE We see Bartlet waiting outside Zahavy's cabin. Massar is at the door. MASSAR Just a second, Mr. President. BARTLET Thank you. MASSAR Zahavy. (speaks Hebrew) Zahavy comes to the door. BARTLET Good morning, Mr. Prime Minister. ZAHAVY Mr. President. BARTLET Thank you for seeing me. ZAHAVY Of course. BARTLET Can we take a walk? Zahavy comes out and he and Bartlet leave to go for a walk. CUT TO: EXT. - PATHWAY - DAY Bartlet and Zahavy are walking, preceded by a Secret Service agent. BARTLET Eli, I had another talk last night. The difficulty with... CUT TO: INT. - BRIEFING ROOM - DAY We see C.J. walk to the podium to begin the briefing. C.J. Good morning, everybody, if you could settle down, please. I'm pleased to announce that this afternoon at 2:00 Prime Minister Zahavy, Chairman Farad, and President Bartlet... The reporters begin wildly screaming for C.J.'s attention. C.J. [cont.] ... will hold a joint press conference in the Rose Garden to describe a tentative accord that's been reached between the parties. CUT TO: EXT. - HELICOPTER LANDING AREA - CAMP DAVID - DAY We see Marine One is ready for takeoff. Bartlet and Abbey, followed by Charlie, get onto the plane. CUT TO: EXT. - ROADSIDE - DAY We see the Suburbans are getting ready to leave. Josh, Toby, and Will are talking as they carry their things to the cars. Kate is waiting by the car when they get there. WILL Congress won't approve it. JOSH They don't have to approve it; we're not declaring war. We're not even trying to build one of those aquatic history museums. WILL They still have to fund it. TOBY It'll never get that far. Farad'll find some way to trip over his own shoes before we even get a chance to re-sew them. WILL No round trip on Marine One? KATE Yeah, it's a shame. TOBY You talk to Leo this morning? JOSH I couldn't find him. He must've headed back early. TOBY Any idea how he wants us to handle this? JOSH No. I'll try calling him. They climb into the chopper and he gets his cell phone out and dials Leo. Someone shuts Josh's door for him. CUT TO: EXT. - TAKEOFF - DAY We see Marine One taking off and Bartlet staring out the window. We watch it rise and begin to fly off. CUT TO: EXT. - WOODS - DAY We see the chopper fly over the trees as the camera pans around to the ground. Leo's phone can be heard ringing as the camera moves across the forest floor. Nothing can be seen although Leo's phone continues to ring. DISSOLVE TO: END TITLES. FADE TO BLACK. THE END. * * * The West Wing episode 6.02 "The Birnam Wood", original air date 27 October, 2004.