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Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Riots Threatened As Trump Prepares Jerusalem Speech
A 100-year-old joke (give or take) describes Polish leader Martial Józef Piłsudski appearing before the victorious allies after World War I to appeal for his country’s independence. As an incentive, the future Polish president warns the committee: “If you don’t grant us independence, then all the Poles will get drunk and go out and kill many Jews.” So the committee chair asks: “And what will happen should we grant you independence?”
“Oh, that’s simple,” answers Piłsudski, “In that case all the Poles will get drunk and go out and kill many Jews.”
I couldn’t help recalling this old joke – when going over the threats (disguised as warnings) from across the Arab world and Europe (and Ha’aretz) about how, should President Trump recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel – a full 70 years after it had been declared as such – the streets of the Middle East will burn. [Jewish Press] *