As U.S. tourists in Israel, Morris and his wife Ruth were sitting outside a Bethlehem souvenir shop, waiting for fellow tourists.
An Arab salesman approached them carrying belts. After an impassioned sales talk yielded no results, he asked where they were from.
“America,” Morris replied.
Looking at Ruth’s dark hair and olive skin, the Arab responded, “She’s not from the States.”
“Yes I am!” said the wife.
He looked at her and asked, “Is he your husband?”
“Yes,” she replied.
Turning to the husband, the Arab said, “I’ll give you 100 camels for her.”
Morris looked stunned, and there was a long silence. Finally he replied, “She’s not for sale.”
After the salesman left, the somewhat indignant wife asked, “Morris, what took you so long to answer?”
Morris replied, “I was trying to figure out how to get 100 camels back home.”
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