Want to Visit Relatives in Israel? Prepare for 'Dysfunctional' Bureaucracy

Despite Israel's announcement that relatives of Israeli citizens will be allowed into the country, those who are now trying to visit report great difficulties getting approval

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Karen Zivan was thrilled last week when she heard that Israel would begin allowing entry of vaccinated first-degree relatives of Israelis into the country. Her parents, both in their 80s, had been anxiously waiting for over a year to come to visit her and her five sons – their grandsons – and their 10 great-grandchildren, three of whom were born during the period they were kept apart. Previous requests to enter the country to meet their new great-grandchildren had been rejected.

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