Blinken, Bennett agree to advance US visa waivers for Israelis

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Blinken, Bennett agree to advance US visa waivers for Israelis
A source in Bennett’s entourage in Washington explained that the visa waiver issue had gotten stuck in lower-level talks between Israel and the US.
By LAHAV HARKOV, OMRI NAHMIAS
AUGUST 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett discussed the Visa Waiver Program during their meeting on Wednesday. The two “agreed on the importance of working toward Israel’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program in order to benefit both US citizens and Israeli citizens,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. There are currently 40 countries in the Visa Waiver Program. The visa-waiver issue had gotten stuck in lower-level talks between Israel and the US, a source in Bennett’s entourage in Washington said, adding that it needed a push from a senior official, which it got from Blinken. “This is a gesture of the US government to the Israeli people,” the source said. “The prime minister brought it up because it is important to him. It is a problem that needs to be solved.”

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