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  •  Regarding the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture (2+ / 0-)
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    redrobin, Sabbah

    First of all, Yeela, thank you for this diary highlighting nonviolent action by Bedouin livestock owners.  They should have the same right as any other Israeli citizens to receive attention for their concerns from their government.

    Do you have any data on the amount of money that the Ministry of Agriculture receives from the US government's foreign aid to Israel?

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      but if you find out please let me know. thanks

    •  I believe that answer would be, (1+ / 0-)
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      oh yeah, zero.  In fact, the agricultural issues between the US and Israel go the other way.  The US (and many states), is constantly coming to Israel for joint agricultural projects, and to learn about Israeli agriculture.

      In fact, as has been pointed out many times, Israel, unlike many other countries, receives zero US developmental aid whatsoever.  They receive military aid, obviously, but even that is restricted by Bush so that most of it comes right back to the US contractors.

      "I hate Illinois Nazis" - Jake

      by dfb1968 on Mon May 14, 2007 at 12:22:05 AM PDT

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      •  Interesting insight (1+ / 0-)
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        In a previous diary by yeela, 15 Kossaks agreed that it was a case of "Your tax dollars at work". Maybe it wasn't.

        It is possible to feel sympathy for the Bedouin without considering it a matter of American politics and the promotion of the election of Democratic candidates. This is not the only political site on the web. If the existence of American foreign aid to Israel is a sufficient nexus to Daily Kos, then I suppose the American rescue of Kuwait from Saddam would be a sufficient nexus for endless discussion of the plight of the Bidun in Kuwait (and possibly Bahrain).

        Your comment reminded me of articles I had read years ago about Israeli projects to share agricultural expertise with farmers in other arid and semi-arid countries, particularly in Africa. On a quick search, I found this website about

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          word is bond

          some states in the US (I know Ohio specifically, and I am pretty sure there are others) have sent teams here, and have organized whole projects around learning from the Israelis about agriculture.

          The real key to remember is that the only aid Israel gets from the US is military, and I believe the rules are that 75% of that must be spent on US products or services.  And people should also remember, when accusing Israel of being the world's biggest leach, that the US Navy's two most recent high tech purchases were of Israeli technology.

          "I hate Illinois Nazis" - Jake

          by dfb1968 on Mon May 14, 2007 at 07:59:38 AM PDT

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