Shaked: There's no consulate for visa exemption deal with the US


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Shaked: There's no consulate for visa exemption deal with the US
Interior Minister to meet US Homeland Security Secretary, discuss visa waiver program: There is a real chance to succeed.
103FM , Nov 15 , 2021

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked will meet in Washington with the US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, to discuss the issue of eliminating the visa requirement for Israelis who travel to the United States. Mayorkas said recently that the United States is considering adding four countries, including Israel, to its visa waiver program that allows citizens to come to America without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.

Speaking to Radio 103FM on Sunday, ahead of her meeting with Mayorkas, Shaked said that "for many years now, the issue of visas for Israelis has been getting stuck for a number of reasons, but now there is an opportunity to succeed because the Americans are willing and President Biden talked about it with Prime Minister Bennett."

Asked if Israel is willing to give the US anything in return for being added to the visa waiver program, she replied, "A consulate in exchange for a visa exemption? There is no such deal. The Israeli government will not agree to open an American consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and only of Israel. These two issues are unrelated. I do not want to speak on behalf of the Americans, I do not know if they will agree, but that is our position."