A married couple touring Israel sat outside

A married couple touring Israel sat outside at a Bethlehem sidewalk cafe, waiting for their friends.

A peddler approached them, his arm loaded with belts.

After an impassioned sales plea yielded nothing, he asked where they were from. “America,” the husband replied.

Looking at her dark hair and olive skin, the Arab responded, “She’s not from the States.”

“Yes, I am,” said the wife. He pointed to her husband and asked her, “Is he your husband?”


“Mister, I’ll give you a hundred camels for her.”

The husband sat for a long, stunned silence before he replied, “She’s not for sale.”

After the salesman left, his indignant wife asked, “What took you so long to answer?”

He replied, “I was trying to figure out how I could get a hundred camels back to America!”