Israeli Economic Planning
The Prime Minister Ben Gurion was having a cabinet meeting,
trying to come up with solutions for the economic hardships
of the infant Jewish state. Floods of immigrants were
straining the national resourses to the limits and something
had to be done to bring in more money.
One minister rushed in all excited, saying, "I found it! The
perfect way out of our economic problems!"
B-G frowned and said, "Nu?"
The other continued, "Listen. Remember World War II? Germany
declared war on America, the Allies came over and whipped the
tar out of them, they surrendered, and then the US came into
Germany and rebuilt the country - and now Germany is on its way
to being an industrial leader in Europe! And then look at Japan -
they declared war on America too, the same thing happened to
them - they're about to take over the Far East economically.
So I figure, all we have to do is declare war on the States, they
come in and beat us, and then they pour all kinds of money into
Israel - and we become rich!"
B-G didn't change his expression. "Won't work," he snapped.
"Why not?" everyone chorused.
"With our luck, we'd probably win the war..."