It was the best of times,it was the worst of times,it was the age of wisdom,it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,it was the epoch of incredulity,it was the season of Light,it was the season of Darkness
it was the spring of hope,it was the winter of despair................................................................
There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face,on the throne of England; there were a king
with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face, on the throne of France.
Dickens' superlatives of the year 1775 can hardly be surpassed in the annals of English literature.But 2008 comes close.Dickens is long departed and new players strut upon the stage.
Let's fill in the historical blanks here to get some perspective. ''A king with a large jaw'' is a reference to George 111 of England[1760-1820]. A queen with a plain face is George 111's wife, Charlotte Sophia of Macklenburg-Stralitz while the French monarch is Louis xvi[1774-93] and his consort, Marie-Antoinette of Austria.
London and Paris had historically enjoyed the status in Europe as rivals for political,cultural and economic hegemony.These cities were linked like a binary star.
Two hundred and thirty three years later our scene shifts to two different cities outside Europe ,that will play major roles in these times,and Dickens' superlatives return as a poltergeist to haunt us;''it was the best of times,it was the worst of times,it was the spring of hope,it was the winter of despair.......'' And,not unsurprisingly all the characters of my new play do not necessarily fit exactly the Dickensian.But then,we will try to make it work, for after all,the show must go on .
Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni certainly has the looks if not the throne,for the latest news coming out of Jerusalem is that the Israeli Parliamentarians have decided to hold early elections on February 10, 2009.This effectively freezes the fragile peace process from both ends; Jerusalem and Washington. Livni, as Kadima leader has already lost the momentum her narrow win over Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz in mid-September gave her.She has failed ,despite her Hollywood looks,to forge an effective coalition.Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Labour leader Ehud Barak, both seem to harbor strong political ambitions for the Prime Minister's office.Because Livni has somewhat lost her iniatiative by her rank inability to form a coalition[and this can be interpreted by the Israeli electorate as a flaw in her leadership],the possibility opens at once a door for a joint Barak/Netanyahu thrust that may bury Livni and her Kadima in the February polls.
It is common knowledge that both Washington and Jerusalem have enjoyed a special relationship since 1948. A city that has been destroyed twice,beseiged 23 times,attacked 52 times,captured /recaptured 44 times is an apt description of Jerusalem, which despite its small area, is home to key religious sites.These include THE TEMPLE MOUNT,THE WESTERN WALL ,THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE ,THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND AL-AQSA MOSQUE.
The other city in the tale,Washington,was conceived out of a marshy swamp.Hot and humid in summer;bitterly cold in winter.Home to the White House ,Capitol Building,Lincoln Memorial,Thomas Jefferson Memorial,the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and other historical buildings ,Washington gets ready to change the guards.This at a time when the bottom has fallen out the housing market and an imminent recession knocks at its doors .America which spends 5 times more than China and India combined,under Obama will still have to play protector to Israel. Washington and Jerusalem-like a binary star.
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