NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – President Barack Obama has been a controversial figure for many reasons – including his position on Israel and the Middle East.

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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has voiced reservations about Obama’s policies.

Does current Mayor Michael Bloomberg share those reservations?

“I’m a very strong supporter of freedom loving peoples around the world. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and obviously, for religious and cultural reasons, I have another connection to Israel. So, I care very much about that,” said Bloomberg. “I think there’s nothing the president’s done that gives me pause to think he doesn’t understand and feel the same way.”

Bloomberg did, however, also say that the President has to stand up and explicitly say that Israel is our close ally.

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