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One has to wonder how much better informed Americans would be if we had writers like Ms. Inflammatory bowel disease Weir working for our newspapers/media outlets instead of those who cover breaking "Balloon Boy" stories..... Obama Administration Takes from American Farmers, inflammatory bowel disease Gives to Israel by Alison Weir / October 24th, inflammatory bowel disease 2009 Policy change slips in under the radar At a time of financial crisis in the United States in which thousands of Americans have lost their jobs and homes, inflammatory bowel disease an Israeli news service reports that President Obama has just signed a presidential memo eliminating a tariff on Israel that protected American dairy farmers and that raised money for the American economy. In addition, inflammatory bowel disease according to the Israeli report, inflammatory bowel disease US trade authorities have ordered the return of $17, inflammatory bowel disease000 to an Israeli export agent for a levy paid for butter produced by an Israeli company. Inflammatory bowel disease The move comes at a time when American dairy farmers have been facing what industry representatives call a “crisis.” According to the National Milk Producers Federation website, inflammatory bowel disease “U.S. Inflammatory bowel disease dairy producers have been facing unprecedented losses over the past year due to low milk prices and high input costs. Inflammatory bowel disease The dire economic straits have forced many dairy farmers to exit the industry, inflammatory bowel disease oftentimes having to sell their herds or farms.” According to the news report by Israeli wire service Ynet, inflammatory bowel disease the Obama memo, inflammatory bowel disease which was signed several days ago, inflammatory bowel disease removed the import subcharge on dairy products from Israel. Inflammatory bowel disease The report noted that such levies are important for protecting local production against competing imports, inflammatory bowel disease “which put the local production at risk.” The levy is required from most countries that export dairy products to the U.S. Inflammatory bowel disease According to Ynet, inflammatory bowel disease Israeli agricultural attaché Yaakov Poleg was able to convince the US that “the trade agreement between Israel and the US prohibits placing taxes on exports from Israel.” However, inflammatory bowel disease this tax was required under previous American administrations. The Ynet report quotes Israeli export agent Dudu Buch, inflammatory bowel disease whose company is to receive the $17, inflammatory bowel disease000, inflammatory bowel diseaseas taking credit for obtaining this change in US policy. Inflammatory bowel disease Buch states: “My American colleague was under a lot of pressure and almost gave up, inflammatory bowel disease saying that if the American system imposed a protection levy it would last forever.” Buch goes on to say, inflammatory bowel disease “I told him that we Israelis can think differently. Inflammatory bowel disease I turned to the Agriculture Ministry’s representative at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, inflammatory bowel disease and the matter was dealt with quickly.” Israel’s attaché was particularly pleased that this change was made through apresidential memo, inflammatory bowel disease rather than through normal channels, inflammatory bowel disease stating “… in light of the fact that Israel was removed from the list through a presidential declaration, inflammatory bowel disease there is no fear that itwill be placed on us again in the future.” According to Ynet, inflammatory bowel disease Israeli dairy exports to the US are “constantly on the rise, inflammatory bowel disease” a situation that could hurt US dairy farmers. Inflammatory bowel disease The Obama memo would seem to hinder what the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) described in July a sa broad effort, inflammatory bowel disease which included the US Department of Agriculture, inflammatory bowel disease “to reverse the current dairy crisis.” The DFA emphasized: “Every initiative we can successfully implement to bolster milk prices makes a vital difference to the dairy farmers who are fighting hard to maintain their livelihoods.” Yesterday the organization mailed out a special cash payment to dairy farmers around the country to help “bridge the gap” to a full recovery, inflammatory bowel disease stating that it recognized “that our members have a long road ahead as they heal from this difficult year. Inflammatory bowel disease Our intent is that this special cash payment will help these dedicated farmers hang on until recovery is in full swing and positive cash flows return.” No one at the US Department of Agriculture contacted for information about this policy change had been aware that it had been implemented. Inflammatory bowel disease Some suggested that it might be related to a free trade agreement with Israel signed in 1995, inflammatory bowel disease but had no information as to why an ongoing US policy had been modified by presidential order. Council for the National Interest President Eugene Bird objected to the change: “Once again we see Israel receiving special treatment, inflammatory bowel disease at the cost to Americans. Inflammatory bowel disease Even American citizens who oppose protective tariffs want to see a fair and equitable policy. Inflammatory bowel disease Instead we have a policy change — implemented without public input or debate — that benefits one of the richest nations on earth, inflammatory bowel disease and a nation that consistently flouts US laws and policies.” Israel is generally rated as having the 17th wealthiest population in the world. Bird also noted that Israel, inflammatory bowel disease in violation of US trade agreements, inflammatory bowel disease has been blocking some American products entirely. Inflammatory bowel disease “A serious look should be taken at how Israel has prevented certain American products from being imported into Israel, inflammatory bowel disease” Bird said, inflammatory bowel disease “for example orange juice.” In addition, inflammatory bowel disease Bird pointed out that for decades Israeli policies have prevented Palestinian exports, inflammatory bowel disease creating extreme financial hardship that has escalated in recent years. Inflammatory bowel disease Numerous Palestinian farmers have lost their livelihoods, inflammatory bowel disease and unemployment and malnutrition are being seen in Gaza at what the Red Cross has called “devastating” levels. Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew. Inflammatory bowel disease She can be reached at: Inflammatory bowel disease Read other articles by Ms. Inflammatory bowel disease Weir or visit the If Americans Knew website.