One of the funnier episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” eighth season was “Palestinian Chicken,” where Larry (Larry David) and Jeff (Jeff Garlin) enjoy the chicken at a Palestinian restaurant, despite the fact that the two of them are Jewish and they doubt they should even be there, given the owners’ pro-Palestinian stridency. Funny, but could the episode foster peace? Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz thinks it can.
Without much prompting, Dershowitz told a couple of reporters from the Columbia Current that his favorite episode of “Curb” is “Palestinian Chicken,” and he’s gone as far as sending the episode to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “with the suggestion that he invite (Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud) Abbas over to watch it together. And maybe if they both get a good laugh, they can begin a negotiating process.” He says Netanyahu is looking forward to seeing it, but no word on if he’s saving it for his next powwow with Abbas.
It’s not a silly notion; the episode not only makes fun of last year’s mosque-near-ground-zero debate — a branch of the chicken place is going to move next to the “sacred ground” of a Jewish deli — but it also shows Larry coming together with one of the restaurant’s owners, albeit in a very angry way.
Anyway, there’s a reason why the saying “laughter is the best medicine” has been around for so long, and if scenes like Larry and Jeff trying to pull the yarmulke off the newly-Orthodox Funkhouser (Bob Einstein) or Larry trying to decide between his brethren or fantastic chicken can make these guys laugh, then at least we’re getting somewhere, right?
Watch the “Palestinian Chicken” episode of “Curb”: