In a surprise move, the BBC has announced that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the head of The Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Mahmoud Abbas, will be pitting their culinary skills against each other in the forthcoming series of Celebrity Masterchef.
The two sworn enemies will put aside their differences and line up alongside 18 other celebs, including, Dolly Parton’s sister, Stella, ex-England rugby union star, Martin Bayfield, and, Gemma Collins from The Only Way Is Essex.
Netanyahu is believed to be making a matzo ball soup, while Abbas has opted for a spicy donner kebab with lettuce, tomatoes, chopped onions and chilli sauce.
A BBC spokesman told newsmen: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the two leaders to take a break from the conflict over the occupied territories for a few weeks.
“The competition will be fierce but we’re not expecting any trouble. However, they’ll both be patted down for concealed weapons and bombs before the off”
Both men will be following in the footsteps of their predecessors, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Shamir, who appeared together in an ill-tempered 1990 episode of The Generation Game, during which, host Bruce Forsythe had to step in as both men attacked each other with objects from the conveyor belt.