Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Key to Peace in the Middle East?

If this works out, Larry David will be pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty pleased.

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Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says he recently sent an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in hopes that he invites Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over for a screening that could restart peace talks. The particular episode, called “Palestinian Chicken,” aired in July and featured David making a wrenching decision between his Jewish roots and a delicious Palestinian-owned chicken restaurant.

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Deshowitz told the Columbia Current, “I recently sent a copy of ‘Palestinian Chicken,’ that Larry David gave me, to Prime Minister Netanyahu—with the suggestion that he invite Abbas over to watch it together. And maybe if they both get a good laugh, they can begin a negotiating process.”

Perhaps David himself was inspired by a quote from the episode, in which he said that if the chicken was sent to Israel, “they’d take down all those settlements in the morning.”

Though Curb often pointedly makes light of hot-button issues like gay rights and racism, this specific satire is one that could resonate beyond the 11-year-old HBO series’ fans.

If the effort is successful, Dershowitz is confident that David will reap some of the benefits. “It may be that Larry David will not only win Emmys, but he may even qualify for the Nobel Peace Prize, if his episode could bring together Netanyahu and Abbas, and bring Abbas to the negotiating table.”

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