GaryRissling wrote:I would very much like to see a cross-reference between contributors to Dems, Republicans, and Likud. I'd bet a lot of key contributions originate from the same pockets.
Sarcastic wrote:GaryRissling wrote:I would very much like to see a cross-reference between contributors to Dems, Republicans, and Likud. I'd bet a lot of key contributions originate from the same pockets.
You'll find this article interesting.
More than half of the contributions to politicians in the past two years - 53 percent of the NIS 13 million - came from people who live overseas, cannot vote in Israel and are not directly impacted by the elected officials' decisions.
King Sid the Great 87 wrote:Social security short fall be damned. Obama proposes to extend payroll tax holiday!
Sarcastic wrote:According to the source, Israel also plans to advance long-frozen plans for the E1 area, which covers an area that links the city of Jerusalem with the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim.
If built, the controversial plan would prevent territorial contiguity between the northern and southern West Bank, making it difficult for a future Palestinian state to function.
In the beginning of his term, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the Obama administration a commitment that Israel would not build in the area. Both of his predecessors, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, also promised the U.S. administration that Israel would not build in E1.
Sarcastic wrote:5 million Palestinian refugees were created by the creation of Israel. People who were physically displaced from their homes. That figure is from our State Department.
GaryRissling wrote:Gaucho wrote:The chances of Catalunya - which is mostly autonomous anyway - seceding from Spain are slim to none, actually. It's mostly just posturing and frustration about allegedly having to bail out the other, less properous regions (same happens in Belgium, the UK, Germany...). What they fail to mention, of course, is that Catalunya is also the region with by far the highest per capita debts in all of Spain. So they want to apply a little pressure on the Spanish government.
Yes, they are proud Catalunyans, but most of them are proud Spaniards, too.
I agree that actual secession is highly unlikely, but while I haven't been to the region since the early 2000's, even at that time, you'd be hard pressed to find much love for Madrid, or Spanish flags for that matter. Franco's regime was not so long ago. Heck it only ended around the last time the Flyers won the cup.
Gaucho wrote:They don't speak in Castilian in Galicia, Basque and Valencia either.
tifosi77 wrote:I didn't know Valencia was on the list, but I did know Euskadi spoke Basque. It's a very fragmented country, that's for sure. They say that the 2010 World Cup victory made many Spaniards feel like real Spaniards for the first time..... and then they remembered that 8 of the starting 11 were Catalan, and everything went back to normal.
ExPatriatePen wrote:Gaucho wrote:They don't speak in Castilian in Galicia, Basque and Valencia either.
How does majorca (mallorca) figure into that equation?
Factorial wrote:GaryRissling wrote:It doesn't have to be. In fact, it would be much better IMO if we supported a non-sectarian democracy in Israel that recognized the equality of man; but that is never discussed. Segregation is the preferred solution. I don't for the life of me understand unconditionally supporting any racially/sectarian-based geo-political ideology is in keeping with what we believe as a nation.
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