posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 11:39 AM
Actually, believe it or not, there is a precedent for a country having an overseas state or province. France's former colonies in the Caribbean
(Guadeloupe and Martinique) as well as Saint-Pierre et Miquelon (two French holdings off the coast of Newfoundland) have become what the French call
DOM/TOM - Départements outremer and Territoires outremer (Overseas Departments and Overseas Territories).
A short explanation... for those who didn't know, France is divided into departments (95, I think) like the U.S. is divided into states. So a DOM
basically has the very same rights a mainland department has.
And of course in the U.S. you have the precedent of Hawaii.
However... I don't see Israel joining the Union. It would worsen an already delicate situation in the Middle East, and I think Israelis have fought
too many centuries to once again have a country to call their own, for them to abandon that.