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U.S. embassy not issuing tourist visas (Israel)
Haaretz ^ | July 30, 2014 | By Michal Ramati and Ora Coren

Posted on 07/30/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Israelis applying for visas at the United States Embassy have not received them since July 11. The American embassy has stopped issuing ordinary visas and cut back on ongoing services to American citizens due to staff reductions because of the security situation.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; islam; terrorism

1 posted on 07/30/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I bet there’s no limit to how many muslins mr. mulato is letting in, legally or otherwise.

2 posted on 07/30/2014 8:26:09 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

...and Saudis STILL come here without needing visas, I think.

3 posted on 07/30/2014 8:31:48 PM PDT by BobL
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To: BobL

I believe you are correct.

4 posted on 07/30/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike!
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To: BobL

Not to mention the illegals let in with no paperwork of any kind.

5 posted on 07/30/2014 8:40:59 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why haven’t the turds at the U.S. embassies in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico done this same thing? Don’t those morons know that those places are war zones and are so dangerous that even the M13 gangbangers don’t want to live there? All of the M13 types are running up here to get the border patrol to change their diapers it’s so scary down there.

6 posted on 07/30/2014 8:41:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Who does obama and jarret hate more - America or Israel? Hard to tell these days.

7 posted on 07/30/2014 8:55:42 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Security has always very tight at the consulate. I took photos of it across the street three years ago and the guards ran across the street and made me erase the photos.

8 posted on 07/30/2014 8:56:43 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: chrisinoc

Which of course, can be recovered easily as long as you do not take new photos afterwards. A nice little thing to know,,,,

9 posted on 07/30/2014 9:02:32 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I wonder if any ME countries have this restriction.

10 posted on 07/30/2014 9:03:14 PM PDT by berdie
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11 posted on 07/30/2014 9:17:42 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This has everything to do with revenge-politics between the State of Israel and the US State Dept. Obama is pissed, Kerry is pissed off at the Netanyahu government so they stopped issuing VISAs. That's REAL MATURE guys. What a loser administration...
12 posted on 07/30/2014 9:37:24 PM PDT by Netz
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13 posted on 07/30/2014 9:40:12 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

there’s no limit on how many thousands of islamonazi terrorists he’s letting, or bringing, into USA

14 posted on 07/30/2014 9:58:35 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: chrisinoc

O.K....I admit I am very naïve. But why would that be?

15 posted on 07/30/2014 10:08:52 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So I guess Iraqi Christians and Israeli Jews ought to just fly to Mexico, hire a coyote and come in through TX like everybody else.

16 posted on 07/30/2014 10:18:22 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: berdie
“O.K....I admit I am very naïve. But why would that be?”

Don't know, I could have taken just as easy from my hotel room. More interesting, you can take photos of the US Embassy (on the beach in Tel Aviv) and the guards do nothing.

17 posted on 07/30/2014 10:37:45 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is insane!!!

US has stopped issuing visas to Israelis, except in emergencies

Move is due to staff reductions at the embassy in light of the security situation

The US embassy in Tel Aviv is not issuing travel visas to Israelis until further notice except in emergency cases.

In a statement, the embassy said it is only issuing urgent visas, and applicants can email the embassy to see if their circumstances fit that definition. The cause of the delay is that the embassy has reduced its staff due to the security situation, and there are not enough employees to conduct the personal interview stage of the process.

The reduction is staff is a precaution during wartime, to reduce the number of those affected in case of a direct attack.

Even in emergency cases, the embassy said issuing a visa could take two to three days at least.

In a related development, there are reports that residents of countries like Ireland and China are having trouble getting travel visas to the US because of a problem with the US Immigration Authority`s database. Some observers have speculated that the problem resulted from an attack by hackers.

A week ago, the US State Department issued a travel warning to US citizens against travelling to Israel and the West Bank. Most other countries that issued travel warnings, including Japan and Australia, merely warned their citizens not to visit within 40 km of the border with Gaza, as well as not to visit Gaza City itself.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has also issued a travel warning to Israelis who wish to visit Turkey, due to the tense atmosphere there since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.

18 posted on 07/31/2014 4:09:53 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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They did this before except they were working with Maduro not to let people out -Cuba style.

U.S. Embassy in Venezuela to stop issuing some tourism visas as unrest continues

BOGOTA, Colombia — One day after the U.S. Embassy in Caracas said it was suspending appointments for first-time applicants of tourism visas due to lack of staff, Venezuelan authorities called it a “reprisal” but also said they would seek solutions.

In a statement Sunday, the U.S. Embassy said it could no longer accept B-1 and B-2 tourism visa requests from first-time applicants “until further notice” because of a lack of consular officials. Venezuela ejected three consular officers last month on allegations that they had been fueling ongoing protests, and the embassy said the Venezuelan government was “delaying issuing visas” for new embassy staff.

On Monday, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello called the decision a “reprisal” but said the government was willing to work with the State Department.

“If they need to send more officials to Venezuela to take care of visas, then we will very gladly collaborate with them,” he said, according to El Universal newspaper.

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf denied that the consular pullback was retribution amid souring bilateral relations.

“This decision was completely resource-based, personnel-based. It was just a numbers issue,” she said. “We just don’t have the manpower now because our folks were expelled and we don’t have new people that have replaced them to just handle the applicants.”

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas was not authorized to provide additional details.

19 posted on 07/31/2014 4:16:25 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: berdie

To stop Palestinians from coming to the US while they are in a foaming at the mouth rage. They do not differenciate between jews and Muslims because they do not recognize Israel. Get born in Jerusalem and your passport is marked Palestine.

Diplomatic blindness is institutionalized in America.

Like lining up federal agents in airports to spot ebola, as we smuggle and bus immigrants in over the border without paperwork to dump across the country, with those same federal agents.

20 posted on 07/31/2014 4:34:05 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: American in Israel

They did this in 2010. It’s retribution, and there is a pattern. So sad for Israel.

White House Disputes Report That U.S. Stopped Issuing Visas to Israeli Scientists

“This would seem to be another example of the unprecedented, harsh, and hostile posture the Obama administration has adopted toward Israel,” RJC Executive Director Matthew Brooks said in a written statement.

“President Obama continues to extend a friendly hand to Mideast dictatorships like Iran and Syria, while slapping our most important strategic ally there – and fellow democracy – in the face.”

The new controversy comes as a new survey shows that a majority of U.S. Jews approve of Obama administration’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations.

21 posted on 07/31/2014 4:47:01 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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The administration blatantly used the denial of visas to preasure the return of the narco president Zelaya.
US stops issuing visas in Honduras
Move puts pressure on interim leaders to accept reinstatement of ousted president.
26 Aug 2009

22 posted on 07/31/2014 5:00:32 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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Interesting. As I understand it the Embassy in Tel Aviv, can't put it in Jerusalem for fear of offending Arabs, deals with Israelis and most issues for Americans in Israel. Yes, it's clearly stated on the Embassy site that tourist visas and routine problems for American citizens won't be dealt with.

Important Notice

Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services. Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis. If you had a scheduled visa appointment, you will receive an email informing you of the appointment cancellation, and another email with a new scheduled appointment. If the appointment is not convenient for you, you may reschedule your appointment through the scheduling system. You are not required to pay a new fee. We will update the website and our facebook on any developments. To ask for an emergency appointment, please email (for visas) or (for U.S. Citizens Services) and explain the nature of your emergency. We will respond to your email quickly with additional instructions.

We also have a consulate in Jerusalem. It deals with residents of the Palestinian Authority, also I'm told Israeli arabs. Doubt that's official, I'm sure an American citizen visiting Israel could access their services. Don't know if an Israeli could get a tourist visa there, maybe, but a palestinian could.

Assuming it's too dangerous to service Israelis and American citizens in Tel Aviv, I thought I'd check the Jerusalem Consulate's website to see if they used the same text but surprise, I can't find it. Solicitations to visit the US are there, but no notice of the suspension of visa issuance. I'm sure the rules are the same, they just forgot to tell the palestinians. Then again, maybe it's only Israeli tourists we don't want at the present time.

23 posted on 07/31/2014 5:22:16 AM PDT by SJackson (incompetent and feckless..the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f***ing tiller, Hillary)
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This is nothing but Obama & Jean F’in Kerry thumbing their nose at Netanyahu. Orders from above: stick it to dem Joooz.

24 posted on 07/31/2014 5:48:11 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
But is the rainbow flag still flying there? Because that's what's important.

25 posted on 07/31/2014 6:48:40 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: elcid1970

Oye Vavoy!

26 posted on 07/31/2014 12:41:00 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: MichaelCorleone

I heard that Jarret’s family came from Iran. I wonder if this is true? Is she a Muslim? If so it explains a lot. Also if Obama was a Muslim as well as Jarret and they say they are Christians then why hasn’t a Fatwa been put on them?

27 posted on 08/01/2014 4:30:43 AM PDT by Americanexpat
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