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US envoy spotted in Knesset in apparent last-ditch attempt to salvage visa waiver effort

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)

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides has been spotted in the Knesset in what is ostensibly part of his last-ditch attempt to lobby members of the opposition to support the coalition’s efforts to advance legislation required for Israel to enter the US Visa Waiver Program.

The Likud-led opposition has refused to cooperate due to its unwillingness to give the coalition a victory ahead of the election campaign, despite the initiative’s overwhelming popularity among Israelis.

A Likud source told The Times of Israel earlier today that the party opposes the legislation because it will ease pressure on Palestinian travelers at Ben Gurion Airport who are routinely subject to invasive searches.

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