An article in an Israeli newspaper asserts that Israeli nuclear scientists have been denied visas to visit the U.S. to attend science seminars.
These allegations come on the heels of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would not attend President Obama’s nuclear summit. Netanyahu cancelled his plans due to his belief that Arab states would use the summit as a forum to unfairly attack Israeli policy.
The claim that Israel’s nuclear reactor employees had problems getting visa to the United States to attend Chemistry, Physics and Nuclear Engineering seminars lacks solid credibility. For years, Israelis have had no problem receiving visas to attend such seminars and the White House has denied these claims outright maintaining that there has been no change in the U.S. visa policy towards Israel.
Israel – U.S. relations are a vital component in the United States government’s overall policy in the Middle East. The United States considers the maintenance of a supportive relationship with Israel a priority.