This was culled from the Friday Ha'aretz, weekend section:
--- Professor of what?
Moshe Arens has made a return to politics, bringing with him - like some decorative accessory - the title "professor", which was the center of some unresolved controversy in the past. Once again, interviewers are politely addressing him as "Prof. Arens," and once again, Arens neither blushes nor corrects them.
Arens studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1940s. He completed his master's degree in the 1950s at Caltec <sic> in California. In 1957 he started at the Technion as a full-time lecturer in the aeronautics faculty, where he was awarded, as a reflection of his seniority, the title Professor. It is not clear whether Arens fell in love with the title, or vice versa, but ever since, they have been inseparable. Prof. Arens takes pains to sound amused about the whole story. "I don't care how I am addressed or what I am called. Call me comrade, mister, sir - the main thing is to get my name right." <em>So are you a professor or not?</em> "Right now, I'm nothing. But I was an associate professor while I was lecturing at the Technion." <em>Should we go on calling you professor?</em> "Ask the Technion."