The Doubling of History Theory
The Doubling of History Theory is a name that I just made up, but a concept that I didn't. It states that when there is good reason to say so, history doubles itself such that the same events that took place exactly year n/2 will take place in year n.
Many have employed this theory in blogs. For example, see here from me a few years ago and here from Rav Fish and here and here from Gilui.
As Rav Fish pointed out, the idea behind this theory in use during the most recent years comes from the Ariza"l, who says that the Rashei Teivot of אד"ם stands for אדם - דוד - משיח.
(A similar idea that is based on a verse in Parshat Balak is found in the Yerushalmi in Shabbat at the end of the 6th Perek, where the return of prophecy is predicted to come in double the time since the time of Bil'am. The Rambam makes use of this Yerushalmi in his Iggeret Teiman and said that prophecy should return in the year 4972 (1212 CE or 1216 CE - see the footnote there). However, this did not come to pass due to our many sins.)
Getting back to our days, as was already mentioned by Rav Fish, 5772/2=2886. David started to rule in Hevron in the year 2884 for 7.5 years, at which point he started to rule in Yerushalayim after the death of King Sha'ul. When and for how long Ish Boshet ruled is at a major argument - here's what I found with minimal research (there may be more opinions):
|#||Opinion||When and for how long did Ish Boshet rule?|
|1||Seder Olam Ch. 13||Only 2 years - there were 5 five years w/o a king over Israel|
|1a||Rashi Sanhedrin 20a||The 5-yr break occurred after Sha'ul's death, followed by 2 years of Ish Boshet, followed by another half-year break|
|1b||Tosafot Sanhedrin 20a||Half-year break after Sha'ul's death, followed by 2 years of Ish Boshet, followed by the 5-year break|
|2||Metzudat David on Shemuel Bet 2:10||For 5 years, he only ruled over a few territories, but for his final 2 years, he ruled over everyone (besides Yehuda)|
|3||Malbim and Ralbag there||The first 2 years, he was king over everyone (besides Yehuda), but his rule slowly declined in the next 5 years to the benefit of King David|
Just like King Sha'ul and Ish Boshet were from the tribe of Binyamin, Israel is lead by Binyamin Netanyahu. What King Sha'ul was to Agag is what Netanyahu was to Arafat. Ish Boshet represents Netanyahu's second chance at power even though it is not expected to last. It is to be replaced by a descendant of King David speedily in our days, Amen.