The crazy premise and skimpy rationale behind Rovio Mobile’s hit iPhone game, Angry Birds, seems to have struck a cord with those grappling with similarly intractable disputes in the Middle East.
Israelis, no stranger to hopeless peace talks themselves, are turning their negotiating expertise toward the fictitious battle between the flock of incensed avians and their egg stealing green pig provocateurs.
This sees comedy show Eretz Nehederet (A Wonderful Country) give the birds some anger management tips by employing a troupe of jobbing actors to don outsized pig and bird costumes prior to ‘negotiating’ the redistribution of their nest eggs with a dodgily accented UN ambassador.
The fractious negotiations soon turn sour however when one bird instructs its colleague to stop “eating like a pig”, a remark which sends the pig delegation into a tizz.
Predictably the encounter ends with the bird brains hurtling one of their colleagues across the floor with all the kinetic power their catapult can muster. A true case of life imitating art.