On Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM, Joseph Catron <jncatron at gmail.com> wrote:
> As the United States begins implementing travel restrictions on Russian
> officials involved in the military occupation and annexation of Crimea,
> there are signs that the State Department has been quietly denying visas to
> Israeli military and intelligence officials in accordance with a separate
> set of U.S. laws.
> In recent weeks, a number of Israeli news publications have reported an
> increase in the denial of visa requests to Israeli youth, military, and
> intelligence officials. Much of the reporting has focused on speculation
> that the restrictions are a move by the Obama administration to thwart
> Israel's entry into the Visa Waiver Program ...
> That's a broad overview, which covers a couple of different categories of
> travelers (defense and security personnel, versus young tourists and/or
> petty con artists). Here's something specifically on the former:
> Ironically, some of the defense officials who were denied entry to the
> United States during the last few weeks were supposed to discuss with
> American companies on exports from the US to Israel (funded by the military
> aid money), and defense sources said that if the US does not allow their
> entry they would cancel planned transactions.
> Yeah, send back our damn money. That'll show us.
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