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internal report of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State recommends terminating the U.S. loan guarantee program to Israel at the end of 2011.
The report, which deals with the performance of the U.S. embassy in Israel, says American diplomats have difficulty mustering support for
One of the main issues the OIG team dealt with on its visit in Tel Aviv was the loan guarantee package the United States granted Israel in 2002. The Americans gave Israel loan guarantees of up to $9 billion in world banks to help its economy over the recession. A condition of the guarantees was that Israel would not use the money for construction in the settlements. The OIG report says the embassy "devotes considerable time to monitoring Israel's compliance with conditions in the loan guarantee agreements," especially as the program has "accomplished its purpose - stabilizing Israel's economy."
Koch backs GOP candidate to ‘send Obama message’ on Israel
By GIL SHEFLER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
Former NY mayor breaks ranks with Democrats, urges people to punish White House for Israel police by voting for Republican for House seat.
NEW YORK – Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York City, broke ranks with the Democratic party and urged voters to punish the White House for its policy toward Israel by voting for the GOP candidate in a local congressional election.
Koch threw his support behind Republican Bob Turner on Monday in the race for the House seat vacated by disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, saying it would signal US President Barack Obama to reevaluate his relationship with Jerusalem.
“The election of Bob Turner in a normally safe Democratic district running against President Obama’s position on Israel...would send a message to his own party leadership as well as to President Obama,” Koch was quoted as saying on Monday.
The 86-year-old politician is angry with Obama after the latter called for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders, with land swaps.
July 26, 2011 7:56 AM 1 comment
Ed Koch Endorses A Republican For Weiner's Former House Seat...Then Calls GOP 'Scoundrels'
Former Mayor Ed Koch endorsed a Republican congressional candidate Monday in the race to replace Anthony Weiner - then stepped on the praise by blasting the GOP as "scoundrels."