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Thursday, August 07, 2003

"Powell says US not ready to punish Israel just yet on fence

From kait8.com, ABC affiliate in Jonesboro, AR
Washington-AP -- Secretary of State Colin Powell indicates the U-S isn't ready to punish Israel just yet over its construction of a security fence.

Powell confirms the Bush administration has been looking at the possibility of cutting loan guarantees to Israel if the construction continues. But Powell also notes the U-S would have to be "faithful with congressional direction" on how to use those loan guarantees.

Several Democrats have criticized the administration for raising the possibility, and have suggested it violates a congressional mandate.
Go Dems!