Years ago I was a substitute teacher in a local high school when I was just out of college with no experience with teens. They can be a drag. This school system had just integrated black and white schools and there was a lot of tension. During one class a girl complained that a boy had stolen her pencil. It did not appear she had another one. Then I remembered this story from the Bible:
16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.” 22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.” But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’” 24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” 28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
So I took the pencil and threatened to snap it into two pieces, telling them each could have half. The girl protested – Oh let him keep it, she said. Then I handed the whole pencil to her saying “I see it is yours,” and walked away.
The true owner of anything will not want to see it destroyed for any reason. The Bible is full of great ideas for explaining human behavior and helping you make decisions as this story did for me.
I’m reposting this since the topic is so important in the present news cycle.
If the United Nations decided one day to designate the USA the “New States of Canada, Mexico and America” we Americans would be disgusted. If these same nations decided that New York, not Washington D.C., was according to them the nation’s capital we would be hopping mad. But that is what has happened to Israel.
The Jews settled in the territory known alternately as Palestine and Israel in about 1,500 B.C.E., approximately 3,500 years ago. They lost control of that land in 70 A.D. when Roman troops destroyed their capital city and the area became a nomadic land for generations. Israel’s ancient capital has always been Jerusalem.
In the 20th century the Balfour Declaration obligated the European nations to recognize the need for Jews to be safe in their own land. In May 1948 Jews and their homeland were restored as a consequence of World War 2 and the mass killing of Jews in Germany.
The territory never has been Palestinian; Palestine is what a group of former Jordanians tried to call this territory, now a political activist group which designated Tel Aviv as the capital.
The same reasoning is behind the decision to end US support of UNESCO. No matter how much good it might do or can do refusal to include Israel means it is patently unfair and funding should not continue until equality is restored.
Returning the embassy to the City of David restores the original capital. It is both historically and politically the right thing to do.
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