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US Embassy, Tel Aviv (Only) Less Service Due to ‘Security Concerns’

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

There is an ominous “Important Notice” on the website of the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Notice informs anyone seeking to obtain a visa in order to travel to the United States that “due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv,” the Embassy is “operating at reduced staffing” and that it “has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services.”

Emergencies involving American citizens and visa applicants, the Important Notice explains, will be reviewed on a case by case basis, but non-emergencies will not be handled until further notice.

(Maybe this will teach them that the Embassy should be in Jerusalem, which has received fewer tzeva adom alerts than has Tel Aviv.)

A quick check reveals that there is no such “security situation” Important Notice for the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. There isn’t one in Baghdad, Iraq or in Cairo, Egypt, either. No visa problems at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, either. And Yemen is a go, as is Tunisia.

The only other U.S. Embassy in the entire Middle East, other than Israel, where visa services has been suspended is in Damascus, Syria. But that gives cold comfort, given the U.S. Embassy in Syria closed for all purposes on February 6, 2012. Oh, and Iran – no visas being given out there, either. There hasn’t been a U.S. Embassy in Iran since 1979.

Visa services are readily available at the U.S. Embassy in Karachi, Pakistan.  There is no such “security situation,” Important Notice, like the one in Israel, for the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

But wait, there is a special message on the U.S. Embassy to Kabul, Afghanistan‘s website. Never mind. This message simply states that the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is “currently experiencing technical problems with our visa system. We are operating at a significantly reduced capacity” because of the backlog. However, this problem “is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document or visa category.” And with that, the general information about obtaining a visa through the U.S. Embassy in Kabul is provided.

In Africa, visa services seem to be available everywhere except for the nation Central African Republic, which has been convulsed in violence and coups since it was declared independent from France in 1960. In Nigeria, home base of Boko Haram, visa services are open and welcoming. Services have not been limited in Sudan or in Rwanda.

So, as was the case with the Federal Aviation Authority recently, the U.S. government has singled out Israel for an almost laughable overreaction to the current conflict in the southwest of Israel and Gaza.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Peace Must Be Near: Embassy Ordering Americans to Avoid Israeli Taxis

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

The following email was sent out by the US Embassy in Israel:

From: mailto:amctelaviv@state.gov
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 7:19 AM
Subject:
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Response to December 22 Bus Bombing in Tel Aviv

U.S. citizen employees of the U.S. Embassy and their families are temporarily prohibited from using sheruts, the mini-bus shared taxis. The temporary prohibition on sheruts is in effect for the next two weeks as we assess the security implications of the December 22 bomb attack on a public bus in the Bat Yam neighborhood of Tel Aviv. This restriction is in addition to the longstanding prohibition on the use of public buses and their associated terminals and bus stops in Israel.

No mention that this minor transportation disruption is the result of Secretary of State Kerry trying to force negotiations on the Palestinian Authority, and this is their official response.

Incidentally, the reason only mini-buses are mentioned is probably because the embassy staff wouldn’t be caught dead on an Israeli public bus — probably for fear of being caught dead.

So far, according to the Shin bet, Israel’s internal security agency, the monthly acts of terrorism have risen from 82 back in July, when public opinion wasn’t so aware of the negotiations between Tzipi and her Pal Pals, to 167 in November, when it’s becoming clear that the U.S. may manage to squeeze some form of an agreement out of the two sides.

This is the pattern in Israeli-Arab peace talks since 1994, when we were blessed by the Oslo accords, and since then every time we hear of another phase in the negotiations, more blood is shed.

Michael Wolfowicz, who blogs for the Times of Israel, suggests this is not unique to the Palestinians, and all over the world terrorists try to prevent peace and stability by doing what they do best: murdering civilians.

Except that over here we’ve seen that these acts of terror are being committed by government decree, both in Gaza and in the PA. Calls to arms are official on the part of our negotiations partners, who wants peace with us like we want a hole in the head.

Sadly, both sides have been receiving more holes in the head than anything else, since this madness began, back in 1993.

Tibbi Singer

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