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February 25, 2014 9:29 pm

U.S. Rejections of Israeli Visa Requests Rose 80 Percent in 2013

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JNS.orgU.S. State Department data from 2013 shows that the number of rejections of Israeli visa requests rose by 80 percent over that year.

Yedioth Ahronoth reported the figures showing that 125,000 Israelis requested tourist visas to the U.S. last year, and that 9.7 percent of these requests were denied. In 2012, 5.4 percent were denied, and in 2007, only 2.7 percent got rejected.

The U.S. has a “white list” of countries whose citizens can come to the U.S. without a visa, but only countries with a visa rejection rate of less than 3 percent are put on this list. The recent growth in U.S. visa request rejections forced Israel off that list. Some Israeli officials believe there is a political motive behind the increased rejection rate for Israeli requests.

“We meet all the requirements to receive an exemption [from visas], aside from the rate of rejections,” noted an official in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, reported Israel National News.

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  • max

    In all of this, we should recall G-d’s promise to Abraham: “I shall bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.” The US prospered and became a super-power, in part because it nurtured and protected its Jewish community in accordance with this precept. Let us never forget that the converse is also true.

  • Jacqueline

    Mmmminteresting

  • BarakIII

    “Some Israeli officials believe there is a political motive behind the increased rejection rate for Israeli requests.” I’d say that’s a safe bet.

    It’s funny who Obama seems to target for these kinds of things. In the US conservative Christians, once the most patriotic group in the US, are now thought of as potential terrorists. I say ‘once’ because it’s amazing how having your own government become hostile toward you can dampen your patriotism. And of course their treatment of Israel, our closest ally in the region, seems to get worse with every passing day. Obama has filled his government from the top down with like minded people who are hostile to both groups.

  • Dov

    While the US rejects visa’s for Israelis, more and more Moslems are being allowed into the US.

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