Hummus war between Lebanon, Israel escalates

Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud told Future News television on Saturday that Lebanon will respond to the Israeli challenge and will prepare a new plate of hummus in the spring, possibly at the Fatima Gate along the Israeli-Lebanese border, to break the newly-set Israeli world record for the biggest hummus plate.

Abboud said that Israel acknowledged that the hummus is a Palestinian dish rather than an Israeli one. He added that Lebanon considers hummus to be an “oriental dish.”

According to Abboud, Lebanon exported the first hummus dish in 1959.

Israel yesterday broke the Lebanese record that was set last October, when cooks in an Arab town near Jerusalem whipped up more than four metric tons of hummus.