The city of Ekron had been razed twice by the Turks.
All men, women and children had been killed or raped.
The city was set on fire. Not once but twice.
And now the city had been rebuilt for the 3rd time in history.
No city had ever been destroyed as often as Ekron.
No city but the ancient mythical city of Megido. The city in ancient Israel that was destroyed 21 times and was rebuilt 20 times.
Megido in ancient Israel had become famous for being the place of utter destruction.
Never had more wars been waged on one place then in the valley of Megido.
Now the citizen of Israel refered to Ekron as the new Megido.
Razed twice, destroyed twice, and now an army of Turks was preparing another invasion.
People left the houses of the city.
Megido was also famous for the mountain next to it.
The word for mountain in Hebrew is 'har', so this mountain was refered to as Harmegido or Harmagedon.
Harmagedon or Armagedon had become the symbolic place of the apocalypse.*
The valley of (New) Megido was the desert. People could imagine millions of soldiers waging the final battle between good and evil taking place there.
The houses of Megido became deserted. Just only the Turks were lusting after it.
And the army of Israelians, ordered to protect the city.
Then Rabbi Amran Goan, president of the Sanhedrin, received a letter from the Princess of Russia.
Ekron (Megido) would be left alone if Israel would become a vasal of Russia and do as Russia pleased.
In addition a sum 400 gold should be paid to the Turks 10 times for reparations needed after the Israelian betrayal.
Amram Goan shaked his head. "Becoming a vassal of Russia is absolutely possible, but we cannot afford such a large sum of money. Al our cities have to produce commerce for 10 turns to pay this gigantic price. This will destroy our ability to develop ourselves."
And then he continued: "Why should we pay reparations? We have hardly destroyed anything but soldiers. And why are we now discussing terms of peace of the last war, we already had signed peace! Israel has payed it's price for it's betrayal, Megido has been razed twice and Hebron has been captured and half it's buildings have been destroyed. We have already paid and now they want more."
But Israel could not dare another war. Especially not against the combined forces of Russia and Turkey.
Therefore Amram Goan had no other option but to offer the city of Megido to the Turks, as requested. Which he did.
The ruins of Megido and the small new settlement next to it
*this stuff about Megido and Armagedon is not made up but a simple lesson of factual real earth history.