We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“[Though I greatly appreciate hi-tech], hi-tech innovation and education are not enough… because we've seen in parts of the world where we had highly educated populations who were frustrated, or unemployed, or left the country to go to places that had the other necessary prerequisites for high growth [and] the proliferation of technology. [These pre-requisites are:] Free markets, or freer markets. Without a market economy, you cannot really have the soil on which innovation can take root, in which initiative and entrepreneurship can produce the necessary growth and benefits to our people.
“[We must have] freer economies, mobile economies that reward effort, that reward innovation, that reward the excellence in human thought - because people don't create just for the sake of creation.
-Prime Minister Netanyahu at the High-Tech Industry Association Annual Conference June 9, 2010
The Palestinian Authority, which contributes half of its budget to Gaza Arabs, has become more dependent on the massive foreign aid it has received since the beginning of the 2000 Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War….
It [the Palestinian Authority] has received nearly $10 billion in foreign aid since 1994 when the PA was formally established. The European Union is the largest donor, followed by the United States, which contributes nearly twice as much as Saudi Arabia.
The aid has enabled the PA, which seeks to become an independent country though located within Israel's borders, to inflate its public payroll to more than 160,000 workers while its education system continues to incite violence against Israel. Donors currently contribute more than $1 billion a year.
That's military aid, not economic.
Most of it is actually spent in the US for arms and such for the IDF.
And, Israel and the US have many cooperative arms development programs, the US getting many Israeli improvements that are very important to our military.
Not a mix.
"In 2007, the United States increased its military aid to Israel by over 25% to an average of $3 billion per year for the following ten year period, while ending economic aid.
In 1998, Israeli, congressional, and Administration officials agreed to reduce U.S. $1.2 billion in Economic Support Funds (ESF) to zero over ten years..."
Facts are so easily come by.
the $400,000,000 won't be for buying weapons --it's just for food and such. Of course, the food and such was going to be bought anyway, so the money for it can now go to buying weapons. obama-man, he rasta man, he don't know no 'fungible' --
You're right, buddy, which is why claiming to end Economic Support Funds to Israel was also meaningless. By the way, can't you try to post just one critical comment about the Big O without being a racist douchebag about it?
thanks for the tip, didn't know that was racist --that's Caribbean coolster --like the boys around here with the "no problems, mon" cool --i think they're caucasian --i'll have to remember to ask 'em for ya.
BTW, the 'just one' --what were the others? i'm mystifried --tell ya what--find one and i'll send ya $100 for your favorite charity
Aid is not fungible. F-16s are not perfect substitutes for MREs. A hungry Palestinian refugee from Egypt can’t eat his RPG.
Transfers of goods are inherently less efficient than cash payments. But if the recipient is able to exchange food for arms, he really didn’t need the food in the first place. The truly hungry actually want the food.
Please repeat these facts when "patriotic" American anti-Semites go on about how much supporting Israel is costing the US.
Palestina is just Arab kleptocracy number 32 - like Saudi Arabia, but with foreign aid replacing oil money. The well-connected stow it in Swiss bank accounts and live high, while the rest struggle or maneuver for handouts.
This is the deeper meaning behind the phrase that "Israel is the only democracy in the region" - political culture begets economic culture, and vice versa.
Ben-David ... Does Palestine even have a Gross Domestic Product other than smuggled goods from other countries? My computer skills, which are minimal at best, don't allow me to find any figures.
In my personal observations of Israel, which began petty much when Israel did back in the 1950s, I have greatly admired what you all have done with a puny little strip of land which the other nations in the region reluctantly offered to you at the orders of the rest of the nations of the world.