U.S Limiting Visas for IDF Officers

YERUSHALAYIM -

The United States has been limiting the issuance of visas to IDF officers, Mossad and General Security Service employees, and those connected to security-related bodies in Yehudah and Shomron, Globes reports.

According to pro-Israeli sources on Capitol Hill, the limitations are part of an effort to make sure that visas are not granted to people who allegedly violate human rights in Yehudah and Shomron.

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said last Friday that Israel will not be included on the list of countries whose citizens can enter the United States without a visa, because of the way it treats Palestinian Americans at its border crossings.

“The Department of Homeland Security and State remain concerned with the unequal treatment that Palestinian Americans and other Americans of Middle Eastern origin experience at Israel’s border and checkpoints, and reciprocity is the most basic condition of the Visa Waiver Program,” Psaki said in her daily briefing with reporters.