What many people are forgetting is the amount the North American Olim contribute to the Israeli economy. Especially those that came with significant assets before the real estate bust. Highly educated proffessionals that come from a culture of spending. May not be easily quantifiable but from a pure "economic" perspective, surely worth more than olim from the "other" parts of the world. Bringing North American Olim is more bang for the Govts. buck.
Merkel says would welcome constructive Iranian role in any Syria talk (Reuters)