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December 4, 2014 8:38 am

Congress Passes Israel Partnership Bill, With Modifications

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JNS.org – The U.S. Congress has approved the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which, in addition to calling to allow Israelis to enter the U.S. without a visa for 90 days, increases the value of emergency U.S. weaponry kept in Israel by $200 million to a total of $1.8 billion. The bill also promotes more cooperation between the U.S. and Israel in energy, environment technology, homeland security and more.

The bill passed with a voice vote in Congress and must now be signed by President Barack Obama to become law. The bill unanimously cleared the Senate in September.

However, it took about two years to agree on the language in the bill, especially regarding the visa issue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers it a crucial issue for Israelis to be able to enter the U.S. without a visa for 90 days along with the citizens of 38 other European and Asian nations. However the U.S. government has objected on the grounds that Israel does not allow some Palestinian-Americans and U.S. citizens of Arab origin to enter Israel for security reasons.

However, the U.S. government has formed a working group to help Israel move closer to qualification for visa-free status, while senior Israeli officials said they may allow Palestinian-Americans to begin entering the country through Ben-Gurion airport in the future.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat who led the newly-passed bill, praised the Congress and the Senate for speaking “with one voice” on the issue of a closer partnership between the U.S. and its closest ally nation in the Middle East, the Associated Pressreported.

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  • Jonathan

    This bill infringes on the executive branch because it is determining foreign policy which is the responsibility of future administrations.

    What if a future Israeli government decides to side with Russia against US interest ? We are obligated by law to keep sending weapons to Israel to use against our troops?

    Investigate the people who put this bill. Did a foreign government pay them? Did a foreign government write the bill for them ?

  • DDearborn

    Hmmm

    Even a cursory glance over this legislation bears out the fact that it is entirely one sided. It is one hundred percent for Israel and zero for America and Americans. It is blatant an example of the treason of our entire Congress. We have no such agreement with any other country. Not England, or France or even Canada. Good grief the entire Congress should be immediately impeached, arrested, jailed tried and convicted and sent to Gitmo for oh I don’t know 50 years or so. And this travesty, this rape of the American people should be torn up.

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