The Middle East is destroying itself through the old law of retaliation. The Romans called it lex talionis. The Hebrews called it “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” It doesn’t work.
Through this outmoded law, my enemy and I descend into each other’s lie. Israeli and Palestinian, Sunni and Shi’a, spiral in a dance of never-ending violence, based on the delusion that one’s act of revenge is a form of “justice,” while the enemy’s is a crime.
But a Palestinian Jew named Issa once offered a new law. He said, “You have heard, an eye for …