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‘Put Israelis first’: US envoy urges lawmakers not to block bill needed for US Visa Waiver Program entry

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US Ambassador Tom Nides is interviewed by The Times of Israel at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, on January 7, 2022. (David Azagury/US Embassy)
US Ambassador Tom Nides is interviewed by The Times of Israel at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, on January 7, 2022. (David Azagury/US Embassy)

With opposition lawmakers refusing to back legislation necessary for Israel to enter the US Visa Waiver Program, US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides weighs in, urging them not to let politics get in the way of an initiative that will benefit all Israelis.

“I’ve been working around the clock since I arrived to help Israel meet all the requirements to join the #VisaWaiverProgram. Don’t lose momentum now. This will help Israeli citizens travel to the US – put them first!” Nides tweets.

The opposition is refusing to back a bill to grant the US limited access of Israeli criminal records — as required by all VWP members — because it doesn’t want to give the coalition a win on the eve of election season.

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