Dem Lawmaker Dismisses U.S. Warnings of Israeli Espionage

For years, Israel has requested entrance into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which allows the citizens of foreign nations to enter the United States and stay for 90 days without having to secure a visa at a U.S. consulate. The request had been held up due to a number of concerns, including statistics showing that Israel bars significant numbers of American — especially those of Arab descent — from entering the country.But in recent months, members of the U.S. intelligence community have briefed lawmakers on a new concern: Israel’s entrance into the program would exacerbate the ongoing problem of aggressive Israeli espionage in the U.S. According to Hill sources, the interagency briefings were led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in conjunction with the State Department and the Justice Department.Sherman, who attended a classified briefing on the subject, said excluding Israel from the program due to espionage concerns made little sense.

via Dem Lawmaker Dismisses U.S. Warnings of Israeli Espionage.

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