An innovative proposal for long-term Semitic harmony in the Middle East based on ideas from hundreds of ordinary people – 2,000 words (or less!)
THERE’S a celebrated tale that offers insight into the wisdom of Solomon (Shlomo/Suleiman), builder of the Temple of Jerusalem and son of David (Dovid/Dawoud), King of Israel:
A newborn was brought before King Solomon during his judgment of a dispute between two women, each of whom claimed the infant as her own.
Though a judge of the rarest quality—and despite having conducted a series of tests—Solomon could not determine who was telling the truth. Seemingly stumped, he called for a sword with which to evenly ‘divide’ the baby between the women, whereupon one of them tearfully begged the King to spare the child’s life and award it to the other.
By the mercy of her sacrifice was the mother’s identity made clear.
Despite its great antiquity, Jerusalem can easily be imagined as the child – torn between two worlds. Though some battle for sole custody and others argue for a split, all seem eager to receive their due. However, in Solomon’s judgment, and as reflected in modern-day family case law, critical decisions must clearly favour the interests of the imperiled and innocent.
Imagination, pragmatism, love and divine inspiration will undoubtedly all be essential to the creation of any viable plan for enduring peace, but who would have the authority (and the right) to test the merits of such a case? In the absence of Solomon and his legendary wisdom, it would have to be the people.
Every individual is a well of possibility and a reservoir of sacred sovereignty.
United in common purpose, even the impossible seems somehow less so.
– the editors