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Israel has taken the upper hand in a new kind of Mideast conflict, one in which bullets are replaced by chickpeas.

Using a satellite dish on loan from a nearby broadcast station, cooks in an Arab town near Jerusalem whipped up more than four metric tons of hummus, the chickpea paste that is a staple – and a near-religious obsession – for many in the Middle East.

The cooks doubled the previous record for the world’s biggest serving of hummus.

Lebanese chefs broke the Guinness record for the world’s largest plate of hummus back in October 2009. That record broke an earlier Israeli record and briefly put Lebanon ahead.

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