Latest update: March 12th, 2015
One problematic subject we are presently dealing with is the difficulties facing Diaspora Jews, particularly American Jewish students coming to yeshivot or seminaries, who have one or more Israeli parent. Such a person is considered an Israeli citizen, even though he was born outside of Israel, and by law requires an Israeli passport and a visa. This has caused tremendous difficulties with getting exemptions from the Israeli army. I have been working with the army to allow these visitors to stay in Israel for up to three years without having to renew a visa when they go back and forth. Though it is still in the working stages, we hope to alleviate the problems and distress they encounter.
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