A Great Jewish Joke That Gen. Jones Could Tell Avigdor Lieberman

Three construction workers, an Irishman, an Italian and a Jew, are building a skyscraper. They're sitting on a beam having lunch when the Irishman takes out his sandwich and says, "I can't believe it! My wife gave me another goddam roast beef sandwich. If she does this again I'm going to jump off this building!"

The Italian takes out his sandwich and says, "Tuna! For God's sakes, I hate tuna. If my wife gives me tuna tomorrow I'm going to jump, I swear!"

The Jewish guy takes out his lunch and says, "Egg salad! Dammit, if I find one more egg salad sandwich in my lunch I'm going to jump off this building!"

The next day, the Irishman takes out his sandwich, sees that it's roast beef and says, "Enough's enough!" and jumps.

The Italian guy takes out his sandwich, sees that it's tuna, and says, "That's it, I've had it!" and jumps.

The Jewish guy takes out his sandwich, discovers egg salad, and says, "I can't take it anymore!" and jumps.

Soon after, reporters go to the wife of the Irishman. She says, plaintively, "If he had only told me he didn't want roast beef, I would have made him something else." The Italian's wife, in tears, tells reporters, "He should have just told me he didn't want tuna! Why didn't he tell me?"

The reporters go to the Jewish guy's wife, who says, "I don't understand that man. Everyday he makes his own lunch."



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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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