Nation: BLINTZKRIEG

WHETHER in tribulation or triumph, the Jews over the centuries have learned to extract a laugh from almost any event. Last week, acting as the unofficial humor makers of America, they produced a rapid-fire chain of chutzpa-laced jokes about the Middle East conflict that flew as swiftly as a Jewish Superman (see cut). Their comic chronology of the war:

Early in the week, the fastest thing in the world was an Israeli in a kayak in the Aqaba Gulf; by week's end, it was an Arab with his shoes off.

"It's unfair," said a U.A.R. spokesman. "They have 2,300,000 Jews on their side....

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