Cheeseburgers: Not the Way to Make Peace in the Middle East

posted May 9, 2017, 12:09 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated May 9, 2017, 12:10 AM ]
The Fletcher School of Tufts University produced an advertisement published in The Economist which was meant to show there are some areas of agreement among all participants in the Middle East conflict.  They thought that we could all unite around cheeseburgers.  In fact, if there is one subject that produces conflict without compromise, it is cheeseburgers.  Religious Jews don't eat milk and meat together, so cheeseburgers are definitely forbidden food.  One hopes that the future diplomats will take that on board when arranging formal dinners.  And you don't want to serve Manischewitz either: there's the prohibition of alcohol thing too.

Actually, as Homer Simpson discovered in a visit to Israel, what unites us is chicken, as he proclaimed from the Temple Mount while suffering from "Jerusalem Syndrome":