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26/02/2012

Israel – “Thou Shalt Not Kill”… (Thyself)

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery* –  TRANSCEND – After the founding of Israel, God appeared to David Ben-Gurion and told him: “You have created a state for my chosen people in my holy land. This merits a great reward. Tell me what you wish, and I will grant it.”

**Israeli and Palestinian flags and the words peace in Arabic and Hebrew | Makaristos | Wikimedia Commons

Ben-Gurion answered: “Almighty God, I wish that every person in Israel shall be wise, honest and a member of the Labor Party.”

“Dear me,” said God, “That is too much even for the Almighty. But I decree that every Israeli shall be two of the three.”

Since then, if a wise Israeli is a member of the Labor party, he is not honest. If an honest Israeli is a member of the Labor party, he is not wise. If he is wise and honest, he is not a member of the Labor Party.

This joke was popular in the 1950s. After 1967, another much less funny formula took its place.

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