Archeology and Faith Offer Deal-Making Lesson

Business negotiation should be art. Sometimes it is warfare. Consider the restoration project at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The main chapel is outright collapsing. One telling reason is that responsible clerics can rarely agree on anything, despite the fraternal visage. The site is held in trust, largely by the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Roman Catholic faiths. But it was King Abdullah of Jordan who settled the dogfight by directing $3.4 million in personal funds for the repair effort. The deal took a few years to sort out, given a complex governance structure that has held for centuries. But that is the lesson here: Keep the dialogue intact and inch toward resolution.

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