Report: US threatens visa waiver plan over planned entry restrictions to West Bank

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Report: US threatens visa waiver plan over planned entry restrictions to West Bank
Israel has announced new entry curbs on foreigners, including professors and students headed to Palestinian institutions
By TOI staff
18 May 2022

American officials have strongly protested a planned new Israeli policy restricting foreigners’ entry into the West Bank, Channel 12 news reported Wednesday. The network said sources within the administration have intimated that a failure to reevaluate the wide-reaching restrictions, set to come into effect in July, could lead to a punitive postponement or even suspension of the process to add the Jewish state to the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

According to Channel 12, Biden officials have expressed their disapproval of the imminent new arrangement, under which overseas citizens, including US citizens, will be required to go through a rigorous questioning procedure to enter the West Bank, arguing that it severely compromises their freedom of movement and occupation. The TV report quoted the US embassy saying it has been discussing the impending new regulations with the Israeli authorities and encouraging further discussion before they are implemented; it did not confirm any linkage to the issue of the US Visa Waiver Program.

Over the years, Israel has imposed different restrictions on non-Israeli citizens who wish to enter the West Bank, depending on the security situation and the traveler’s stated reasons for entering the area.

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