Washington Times: Uzi Arad denied US entry visa

Likely next NSC head reportedly seen as an intelligence risk, gov't working to rectify situation.

March 17, 2009 18:15
Washington Times: Uzi Arad denied US entry visa

uzi arad 248 88 aj. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Uzi Arad, expected to be named head of the National Security Council by Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu, has been banned from entering the US as an intelligence risk, The Washington Times reported on Tuesday. The report quoted Arad as confirming that he had been unable to secure a visa to enter the US, and saying the government was working to rectify the situation. "The director-general of the Israel Foreign Ministry did tell his American counterparts that there has been no cause to deny me a visa," the Times quoted him as saying. According to the report, Arad has been trying to get a visa for almost two years. The law preventing Arad from getting a visa "allows the government to deny entry to those foreign nationals it deems as spies or saboteurs, and those who help or assist in such spying or sabotage," Washington immigration lawyer Glen Wasserstein was quoted as saying. Wasserstein added that both the US president and the attorney-general had the power to grant Arad a visa. An unnamed source close to Netanyahu was quoted by the Times as saying that Arad would be likely be granted permission to visit the US on "official business."

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