Israeli Security Officials Have a Hard Time Obtaining Visas to U.S.– Ron Ben-Yishai
(dailyalert.org, May 16, 2014)
In the past two years, high-ranking Israeli security officials have been experiencing increasing difficulties in obtaining entry visas to the U.S., waiting up to half a year for their applications to be processed, and being granted only a short-term visa. In 2011, the American embassy refused to grant a visa to former defense minister and IDF chief of staff Shaul Mofaz, due to his Iranian roots. Former National Security Council head Uzi Arad and former Israel Security Agency chief Yuval Diskin went through similar trials.
Four former IDF major generals and brigadier generals had to wait many months to receive visas as well. These officers were in need of visas to the U.S. in order to oversee joint projects with the American defense industry. (Ynet News)