They came and besieged him in Abel Beth- maacah, and they cast up a siege ramp against the city, and it stood by the rampart; and all the people who were with Joab were wreaking destruction in order to topple the wall. (2 Samuel 20:15 NASB)
Joab replied, “Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow up or destroy! Such is not the case. But a man from the hill country of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against King David. Only hand him over, and I will depart from the city.” And the woman said to Joab, “Behold, his head will be thrown to you over the wall.” (2 Samuel 20:20-21 NASB)
One of the most difficult things any US Administration faces is negotiations in the Middle East. It seems to be one of the most difficult places for people to get along. Whether because of oil or religion, or even different people-groups, it seems that there is always turmoil in the Middle East. In some wars early in Israel’s 20th Century history, they used tactics from Scripture to form their battle plans. I wonder if we can find negotiation strategies in there too?