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© Copyright Arthur Hagopian 2016

A new miracle in the Holy Land.

The  

Palestinians  

and  

Israelis  

have  

finally  

agreed  

to  

turn  

their  

spears

into  

pruning  

forks  

and  

their  

swords  

into  

plowshares,  

pledging  

to  

bring

peace  

to  

the  

ravaged  

land  

of  

the  

prophets  

and  

put  

an  

end  

to  

decades  

of

bloodshed that has seen brother raise arms against brother.

But  

how  

did  

this  

happen?  

And  

why  

now,  

when  

all  

efforts  

by  

some  

of

the   

world’s   

most   

persuasive   

diplomats   

and   

peacemakers   

had   

failed

miserably   

in   

bridging   

the   

impassable   

divide   

between   

the   

two   

Semitic

cousins?

Among   

the   

shadows   

of   

his   

predecessors,   

a   

modest   

man   

who

worships  

a  

God  

fundamentally  

different  

from  

the  

Allah  

of  

the  

Arabs  

or  

the

YHWH   

of   

the   

Jews,   

and   

who   

has   

been   

thd   

driving   

force   

behind   

the

miracle,  

sits  

in  

an  

ornate  

office,  

quietly  

sipping  

a  

lukewarm  

cup  

of  

tea  

as

he ponders the outcome of his historic achievement. 

On   

the   

table   

in   

front   

of   

him,   

lies   

a   

copper   

box,   

containing   

a

mysterious, illustrated manuscript.

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