Daily Israel Report

Ben Ari: Why Does US Grant Visas to Hamas?

MK Michael Ben Ari is still being refused a visa to enter the United States – but the lawmaker says Hamas terrorists are allowed to visit.
By Hezki Ezra and Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 1/25/2012, 10:05 PM

MK Michael Ben Ari
MK Michael Ben Ari
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MK Michael Ben Ari is still being refused a visa to enter the United States – but the lawmaker says Hamas terrorists are allowed to visit.

In an interview with Arutz Sheva's Hebrew news service, Ben Ari said Wednesday that he is “still waiting” for a visa to visit the U.S.”  Ben Ari noted that even after thousands of people were killed in the September 11, 2001 multi-site Al Qaeda terrorist attack on America, “The United States allows terrorists to enter its territory.”

The lawmaker contended that “It shows something about the country, that what may happen to the next set of Twin Towers is not so important to them.”

The MK said he also asked U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro about the problem with the visa, but that Shapiro replied such things were “not his responsibility.”

Shapiro also told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday that he “can't speculate” on whether President Barack Obama might consider commuting the sentence of imprisoned spy Jonathan Pollard to time served.

MK Meir Sheetrit also asked the ambassador why MK Michael Ben Ari was unable to obtain a visa to enter the U.S., noting that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejaad and Hamas terrorists have been able to do so.