Parable: A frog is swimming in the River Nile. A scorpion hails him from the bank: will you please give me a ride on
on your back across the river?
The Frog replies: no, you’ll sting me and I’ll die.
Scorpion: no, I wouldn’t do that.
Frog: word of honour?
Scorpion: word of honour.
Frog, swimming over to the bank: alright, climb onto my back.
All is well until they are halfway across, when the scorpion suddenly stings the frog.
Frog, dying: why did you do that? Now I’ll die and you’ll drown.
Scorpion, drowning: this is the middle east – what did you expect?
I understand President Obama is visiting Israel at precisely the time as the visit of my family. I believe this to be a coincidence: neither party knew the other was coming.
However it seems their agenda might be the same.
At the play centre today, a bigger boy, perhaps 4 years old, pushed grandson Joel, aged one year and 358 days. Joel fell over. He arose and pushed the other child.
Joel’s mother said: Don’t push, darling.
Another who mother had witnessed the exchange of shoves, interceded on Joel’s behalf: Really your boy was simply defending himself. The bigger boy started it.
Joel’s mother thought for a moment: Yes, but it doesn’t solve anything does it?
Joel’s defender, smiling: You can’t have lived here very long. Of course, you are right, it is not a solution. But tell me, tell us all – everyone here needs to know – what do you suggest?
Copyright, Howard Goldenberg, 19 March, 2013