Photo Credit: courtesy, IAI
Polish Armaments Group Signs MOU with Israel Aerospace Industries to Cooperate in Various Polish Programs. MOU signing ceremony from right to left: Eli Alfassi, IAI's VP Marketing; Joseph Weiss, IAI's President and CEO; Blazej Wojnowicz, the President of the Management Board of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. Adam Lesinski - Member of the Management Board of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A

A wide-ranging exclusive interview published by Globes on Tuesday (Oct. 17) with Israel Aerospace Industries CEO Joseph Weiss, revealed the curious news that the head of the largest defense company in Israel is banned from entering the United States.

Journalist Yuval Azulai writes that Weiss has been in the U.S. “hundreds of times” and in the past even lived in California while serving as a senior Israel Navy officer, raising his seven children there.


Weiss admitted the story, which apparently began two years ago, is odd. He also claimed not to know why he is banned. “I have never been given an explanation for it – neither I nor other relevant parties,” he told Globes.

The ban does not interfere with his ability to conduct business, of course: “I meet with whomever I need to, when I need to, and where I need to. We talk on the phone and meet them at exhibitions around the world.” But he says it “amounts to a personal insult” and thinks he deserves an explanation. “Someone should tell me what’s going on here, but I respect the U.S. administration,” he says.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.