IDF officers, young Israelis routinely denied visas to the US
Over the past three weeks, we’ve heard several excuses for the denial of visas to the United States for Israelis. We’ve been told that visas were denied in order to remove Israel from the ‘white list’ of countries whose citizens qualify for longer-term visas. We’ve been told that the United States has been systematically denying visas to Shin Bet (General Security Service) and Mossad agents, to representatives of the IDF and to executives of companies in Israel’s defense industry, and it was implied that was out of a fear of competition in the defense industry. And we’ve been told that the denial of visas was a reprisal for what’s seen as discriminatory treatment of Arab-Americans by Israel.
And now, there are two new excuses. It’s claimed that the United States is trying to weed out IDF officers who have committed ‘human rights’ violations in Judea and Samaria (the number of which can likely be counted on the fingers of one hand), and that the United States is systematically denying visas to young, post-army Israelis whom it deems likely to sell Ahava cosmetics in shopping malls (because it’s Ahava which comes from Judea and Samaria or because they’re violating the terms of their visas by working in the US?).