Israelis might have to travel into the United States via Mexico with drug cartels soon. The Obama administration is severely restricting travel Visa applications to the U.S. from Israel, as reported by Haaretz and Arutz Shiva. There was a notice on the U.S. Embassy website attributing it to reduced staffing in the Embassy due to the current security situation.
Since July 11, no Israeli has been able to receive a tourist visa to the United States.
This situation reminds me of the closed memorials and the White House tours cancellations. It seems like a modus operandi.
The Israeli paper Haaretz said it has been done traditionally in situations like this.
It was only weeks ago, that Mr. Obama restricted air travel to Israel but later rescinded the restriction. In fairness, a missile had exploded near the Tel Aviv airport.
The following is posted on the U.S. Embassy website in Tel Aviv:
“Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services. Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis. If you had a scheduled visa appointment, you will receive an email informing you of the appointment cancellation, and another email with a new scheduled appointment. If the appointment is not convenient for you, you may reschedule your appointment through the scheduling system. You are not required to pay a new fee. We will update the website and our facebook on any developments. To ask for an emergency appointment, please email NIVTelAviv@state.gov (for visas) or AMCTelAviv@state.gov (for U.S. Citizens Services) and explain the nature of your emergency. We will respond to your email quickly with additional instructions.”
The situation in Tel Aviv is dangerous, however, I couldn’t find the same restrictions on the websites for Embassies in Mali, Afghanistan, Russia or Ukraine. If there are restrictions, they didn’t post it on the websites. There was a similar notice to Israel’s on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq however. The website for Syria gave instructions on how to seek refugee status.
Arutz Shiva, Israel National News, reported several incidents this year that makes one wonder:
Earlier this year, there were complaints that young Israelis were being denied Visas for political reasons. John Kerry conducted an initial review.
The review found that the rejection rate of Israelis between the ages of 21-16 applying for visas to the U.S. doubled from 16% in 2009 to 32% in 2014. The Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said that matter was being addressed and there were no political implications.
“The law dictates that applicants must prove that they intend to return to Israel in making the request, and that the visa does not allow recipients to stay beyond the designated time period or to work legally in the US,” he said. “But we are aware of the fact that although two-thirds of young applicants receive visas, some people harbor a misconception that young Israelis are not welcome in the USA.”
That’s ironic given the fact that we are allowing hundreds of thousands of people into the country without even knowing who they are, much less asking them if they are going to go back home. We know the answer to that.
In March, Israeli Mossad officials said they were targeted by the U.S. and were turned away from making key visits to D.C.
Then there were the Israeli politicians who said in May that they were being “humiliated” during the Visa application process for years, according to the paper Yediot Aharonot.
All I can say is thank God Egypt is no longer in Mohammed Morsi’s hands. Morsi thinks Jews are “descendants of apes and pigs”. If he were still in power, he would have capitulated to Obama’s demand that the border crossings be opened up. Heck, he’d be digging tunnels too.