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The Arak Accords

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In a world where the headlines often speak of conflict and discord, particularly between Israel and Lebanon, who remain technically at war, there lies a story soaked in irony and aniseed.

Arak Abi Saada - one of the best - sold in Tel Aviv liquor Stores © Mena Today 

In a world where the headlines often speak of conflict and discord, particularly between Israel and Lebanon, who remain technically at war, there lies a story soaked in irony and aniseed.

Yes, amidst the daily barrage of rockets and the relentless political posturing, a curious phenomenon unfolds in the liquor stores of Tel Aviv. Here, the famed Lebanese Arak flows freely, much to the delight of Israeli consumers, proving that some spirits refuse to be contained by mere borders.

What is Arak?

For those uninitiated in the delights of this potent potable, Arak is not just any drink; it's the Middle East in a bottle. This traditional anise-flavored spirit, often dubbed as the "milk of lions" for its fierce kick and milky-white appearance when mixed with water, holds a special place in the heart of Lebanese culture. Distilled from grapes and aniseeds, Arak is the go-to accompaniment for many a mezze platter, making it an indispensable part of social gatherings and feasts.

The Irony of it All

But how does this ambassador of Lebanese hospitality find its way into the glasses of Israeli bon vivants? Officially, trade between Lebanon and Israel is as existent as peace talks.

Yet, bottles of Arak meander through clandestine routes, possibly detouring via neighboring Jordan or other shadowy byways, to quench the thirst of those seeking a taste of the forbidden.

A Symbolic Sip of Unity

Humor aside, the presence of Lebanese Arak in Tel Aviv’s liquor stores serves as a tongue-in-cheek reminder of the absurdity of conflict. It's as if every sip whispers a possibility of peace, or at the very least, mutual respect through shared cultural heritage. After all, if two nations at odds can find common ground in a glass, might there be hope for broader dialogues?

The Arak Accords

Perhaps it's time for diplomats to take a leaf out of the drinker's guide to peace negotiations. Imagine a world where disputes are settled not in the battlefield but over a bottle of Arak, with each side appreciating the other’s ability to produce such fine spirits. We could call it the Arak Accords – a series of agreements sealed with a toast rather than a handshake, proving that sometimes, the most complex conflicts have the simplest solutions, all drowned in aniseed.

In the meantime, as rockets fly and politicians debate, the people on the ground have already cast their votes – not in ballots, but in bottles.

It seems that even amidst tensions, humanity's quest for joy, and perhaps a good drink, knows no bounds. So here's to Arak – the unexpected peacemaker, teaching us that sometimes, the path to peace can be distilled, bottled, and served on the rocks.

By Bruno Finel 


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