Israel wants in on this visaless deal. The USA said "No, you don't behave yourself", and **then** the Israelis went public with their demand - Israeli papers were all over that story a few week ago - even tho the smart move would have been to quietly withdraw the application. But, no, Israel was too arrogant to take "no" for an answer, and now it has egg all over its face.
Australian, Thai journalists acquitted of defaming Thai navy (AP)
from the article: Newsweek reporter stands by Israeli spying allegation: Facts are facts