Israel to stop automatically granting visas to UN workers: ‘Complicit partners’ in Hamas tactics

Israel says it will no longer grant automatic visas to UN employees, accusing the United Nations of being “complicit partners” in Hamas’s tactics.

The move ratchets up tensions between the United Nations and Israel, which has long claimed the world body directs unfair and disproportionate criticism at it.

Government spokesman Eylon Levy says that Israel will consider visa requests from UN employees on a case-by-case basis rather than automatically.

Levy accuses the UN of covering up for Hamas, saying it failed to condemn the terror group for allegedly operating out of hospitals and purportedly stealing aid destined for civilians in Gaza. Hamas denies both charges.

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