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August 18, 2004
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The Israeli man who prompted N.J. Gov. James McGreevey’s resignation returned to Israel. Golan Cipel arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and spoke publicly for the first time since McGreevey resigned last week after revealing that he was gay and had had an adulterous homosexual relationship. Sources close to McGreevey pegged Cipel as his paramour and said Cipel had demanded millions of dollars in blackmail. But Cipel, who says he is heterosexual, has denied an affair and alleges that McGreevey made repeated, unwanted sexual advances.

The State Department is sending a team of technical experts to Israel to study the question of settlement expansion. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli refused to comment Tuesday on the Israeli Housing Ministry’s plan to build more than 1,000 new units in the West Bank, but noted that a team would go out in the coming weeks. “We’ve got to look at where these tenders are, what previous discussions were, what these tenders! are for, what specific commitments were made, and then, based on those discussions, I would perhaps be more comfortable telling you more,” Ereli said.

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