The Temple Mount has been hotting up with demands by Jewish activists for more regular prayer rights despite opposition from the Islamic authorities.
Some observers fear the possible outbreak of a third intifada.
So let us retreat from gloomy reality into fantasising how peace might finally break out in the Middle East, courtesy of satirical cartoon South Park.
An episode, entitled “Ginger Cow”, which aired this week on Sky’s Comedy Central, revolved around the discovery of a red heifer.
Cue for an era of universal harmony heralded by a concert in Jerusalem from Van Halen (the band fronted by Jewish rocker David Lee Roth).
John Kerry, take note.