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One has to wonder how much better informed Americans would be if we had writers like Ms. Tranexamic acid Weir working for our newspapers/media outlets instead of those who cover breaking "Balloon Boy" stories..... Obama Administration Takes from American Farmers, tranexamic acid Gives to Israel by Alison Weir / October 24th, tranexamic acid 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, tranexamic acid 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, tranexamic acid according to the Israeli report, tranexamic acid US trade authorities have ordered the return of $17, tranexamic acid000 to an Israeli export agent for a levy paid for butter produced by an Israeli company. Tranexamic acid 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, tranexamic acid “U.S. Tranexamic acid dairy producers have been facing unprecedented losses over the past year due to low milk prices and high input costs. Tranexamic acid The dire economic straits have forced many dairy farmers to exit the industry, tranexamic acid oftentimes having to sell their herds or farms.” According to the news report by Israeli wire service Ynet, tranexamic acid the Obama memo, tranexamic acid which was signed several days ago, tranexamic acid removed the import subcharge on dairy products from Israel. Tranexamic acid The report noted that such levies are important for protecting local production against competing imports, tranexamic acid “which put the local production at risk.” The levy is required from most countries that export dairy products to the U.S. Tranexamic acid According to Ynet, tranexamic acid 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, tranexamic acid this tax was required under previous American administrations. The Ynet report quotes Israeli export agent Dudu Buch, tranexamic acid whose company is to receive the $17, tranexamic acid000, tranexamic acidas taking credit for obtaining this change in US policy. Tranexamic acid Buch states: “My American colleague was under a lot of pressure and almost gave up, tranexamic acid saying that if the American system imposed a protection levy it would last forever.” Buch goes on to say, tranexamic acid “I told him that we Israelis can think differently. Tranexamic acid I turned to the Agriculture Ministry’s representative at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, tranexamic acid and the matter was dealt with quickly.” Israel’s attaché was particularly pleased that this change was made through apresidential memo, tranexamic acid rather than through normal channels, tranexamic acid stating “… in light of the fact that Israel was removed from the list through a presidential declaration, tranexamic acid there is no fear that itwill be placed on us again in the future.” According to Ynet, tranexamic acid Israeli dairy exports to the US are “constantly on the rise, tranexamic acid” a situation that could hurt US dairy farmers. Tranexamic acid The Obama memo would seem to hinder what the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) described in July a sa broad effort, tranexamic acid which included the US Department of Agriculture, tranexamic acid “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, tranexamic acid stating that it recognized “that our members have a long road ahead as they heal from this difficult year. Tranexamic acid 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. Tranexamic acid Some suggested that it might be related to a free trade agreement with Israel signed in 1995, tranexamic acid 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, tranexamic acid at the cost to Americans. Tranexamic acid Even American citizens who oppose protective tariffs want to see a fair and equitable policy. Tranexamic acid Instead we have a policy change — implemented without public input or debate — that benefits one of the richest nations on earth, tranexamic acid 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, tranexamic acid in violation of US trade agreements, tranexamic acid has been blocking some American products entirely. Tranexamic acid “A serious look should be taken at how Israel has prevented certain American products from being imported into Israel, tranexamic acid” Bird said, tranexamic acid “for example orange juice.” In addition, tranexamic acid Bird pointed out that for decades Israeli policies have prevented Palestinian exports, tranexamic acid creating extreme financial hardship that has escalated in recent years. Tranexamic acid Numerous Palestinian farmers have lost their livelihoods, tranexamic acid 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. Tranexamic acid She can be reached at: Tranexamic acid Read other articles by Ms. Tranexamic acid Weir or visit the If Americans Knew website.