When the US’s ban on traveling to Israel is lifted, can we expect more travel restrictions?
Ten days after President Donald Trump lifted a major travel restriction imposed on US citizens, the White House announced that the ban on travel to Israel would be lifted in the coming days.
“The President announced today that the President will announce the reopening of the US visa waiver program to all visa holders,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.
“This will result in a total of 5.4 million visas being opened in the US, as well as the return of some 120,000 previously closed visas.”
The Trump administration has been in the spotlight for months over its crackdown on immigration.
Last month, US President Donald Trumps new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that he would end the US ban on dual nationals travelling to Israel.
Flynn has previously described the restrictions as “a national security threat”.
He has also said the ban was imposed because of the country’s “continued interference in our domestic affairs”.
The restrictions were imposed in March following a massive cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee, which was blamed on Iran.
In a tweet, Mr Flynn said the US would be opening up to “Israel, not just with the visa waiver, but with other things”.
“Israel is a key strategic partner and our two countries have had a productive partnership for decades,” he said.
“I am proud to announce today that we will reopen our partnership and will allow Israel to flourish, even as we continue to work closely with our partners in the Middle East and around the world.”