A Jew And An Arab Go Into A Bakery

Bar Rafaeli - my favorite Israeli pastry.
Israeli Model Bar Rafaeli

In my article Why Israelis will win against Hezbollah - Photos IDF Babes, I pointed out that Israeli soldiers had a strong reason to fight against their Arab enemies: they were fighting out of love for Israeli women, while Hezbollah was fighting out of hate for Jews.

While the article was written with tongue-in-cheek, the truth is, love of country and family is a stronger weapon than raw hatred of the enemy.

In this post, I offer a bit of humor that exemplifies the difference between Jews and Arabs and why Israel with only a few million people are able to withstand for more than six decades the armed forces of Arab nations comprising populations a hundred times greater. And please, do not leave comments that Israel was able to rebuff the Arab armies because of US aid, - until only a few years before the 6 Day War in 1967, such aid was negligible (1) while the Soviet Union gave massive military and financial aid to Israel's enemies more than a decade earlier (2).

The Jew and the Arab

A Jew and an Arab go into a bakery.
The Arab steals 3 pastries and puts them in his pocket.
"See, how good I am. The owner didn't even see anything."

The Jew says to the Arab, "I'm going to show you there is nobody better then a Jew."
He goes to the owner and says, "Give me a pastry and I will show you a magic trick."

Intrigued, the owner accepts and gives him a pastry.
The Jew swallows it and asks for another one.
The owner gives him another one.
Then the Jew asks for another one and does just the same.

The owner is starting to wonder where the magic trick is and says, "What did you do with the pastry? Are you trying to fool me?"

The Jew answers, "Look in the Arab's pocket."

Sadly, Arabs don't always go into bakeries to get pasties:

Google Books, A Jewish Odyssey: One Woman's Life in America, Israel, and India

In case you are wondering why I included a photo of Bar Rafaeli with this article: she happens to be one of my favorite Israeli pastries.



the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America - The Six Day War, Players: the United States

As Egypt built up its military capabilities during the Yemen war, the Israelis approached the Americans for weapons and diplomatic assistance. U.S. military aid to Israel had been negligible, but in 1963 the Americans approved the transfer of Hawk surface-to-air missiles to Israel and recommitted to Israel’s security and the need to maintain a regional balance of power.


During the run up to the Six-Day War, the Americans repeatedly rebuffed Israeli requests for military aid and approval for an Israeli preemptive attack on Egypt. The United States, bogged down in Vietnam and facing domestic opposition to that war, was loathe [sic] to become embroiled in a second front. Rather than get involved militarily, the Americans aggressively pursued diplomatic solutions and sought to cobble together an international regatta to challenge the Egyptian blockade on Israeli shipping in the Straits of Tiran, a campaign that ultimately failed. But while the U.S. continued to refuse to aid Israel militarily, the American opposition to unilateral Israeli action began to soften in the beginning of June 1967.


the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America - The Six Day War, Players: Egypt

While a founder of the so-called “Non-Aligned Movement” with India and Yugoslavia, Egypt under Nasser developed close relations with the Soviet Bloc. The Soviet Union and its satellites became Nasser's chief source of military equipment and financial aid, beginning with a massive arms deal with Czechoslovakia in 1955.

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