Here's What It Would Take for Israel to Enter America's Visa Waiver Program

Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels
Washington
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Ben Samuels
Washington

WASHINGTON – Despite Israeli efforts to highlight progress toward gaining entry into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, many people in the United States familiar with the years-long saga are skeptical that a resolution is imminent.

A former U.S. official familiar with the Biden administration’s thinking on the issue is particularly unconvinced. “There are very strict, congressionally mandated criteria for how to get in the program, and Israel doesn’t meet it – and it probably won’t for five to 10 years,” the official said.

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