I don’t know if it’s “only” a myth or if it’s factual, but I heard such a beautiful telling account of how the historic end of the cold peace between Israel and Egypt came about.

Even if this is not how it went, the account is inspirational and telling.

The story goes that there was a women’s conference at Cyprus. Mrs. Sadat and Mrs. Begin were there too but they avoided each other thoroughly. Other women present, then locked the two first ladies into a room and told them: you’re not coming out until you are friends.

They did become friends and a short while later, so did their husbands.

The rabbis teach us that by the power of women did the Jews leave Egypt. There is nothing new under the sun, Ecclesiastes tells us.