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REPORT: U.S. State Dept. denies visas to Israeli defense officials

Maariv reports: Mossad, IDF & Shin Bet officials were rejected entry visas. American Embassy says, ‘All visa requests examined individually.’



The United States is denying visa requests from Israeli military, defense establishment and intelligence officials, according to a report in Maariv.

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American visa in a passport (illustrative) – Photo: Dreamstime

Israeli defense establishment officials have discussed the matter in private meetings, after noticing a pattern emerging: Hundreds of individuals with ties to Israel’s defense establishment have been denied entry to the U.S. in the past year, or have been allowed in for only three months, according to the report.

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US Rejection of Israeli Visa Requests at All-Time High

Israel’s Foreign Ministry criticizes the United States’ 80% rise in visa rejections as part of growing trend that is ‘politically’ motivated.

By Ari Yashar


US State Department figures from 2013 reveal a sharp 80% rise over the course of the year in Israeli visa requests that were rejected, continuing a trend of Israeli visa rejections over several years.

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The figures, which were published Monday morning in Yediot Aharonot, show that last year about 125,000 Israelis requested tourist visas to the US, with 9.7% of them being refused. The previous year in 2012, that figure was at 5.4%. Continue Reading »