US gives visa to Israeli Arab accused of spying for Hezbollah

The Washington Free Beacon has broken the news that a fugitive Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, Azmi Bishara, received permission to speak at a conference in Washington DC.

Bishara is a listed speaker at the Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) convention entitled “Democracy in the Arab World: The Obama Legacy & Beyond” on Oct. 14, 2016.

Bishara, who led the Arab Balad party in the Knesset, is wanted by Israeli police for helping Hezbollah and supplying them with information about Israeli targets during the 2006 Lebanon war. Hezbollah is  Lebanon-based Islamic militant group classified as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States among many other countries. Moreover, Hezbollah was started, funded and trained by Iran.

Bishara fled Israel in 2007 and settled in Qatar. The news that he has permission to attend the conference causes consternation: visitors from Qatar to the US must have visas, and this involves an application process. There is a concern Bishara was cleared for entry despite Israel’s allegations that he is a Hezbollah operative.

Given Hezbollah’s Iranian connection, it is possible Bishara’s permission to enter is part of a diplomatic move in favor of Iran.

“The Obama administration’s tilt toward Iran is so extreme that now a visa has been given to a Hezbollah terrorist so that he can visit Washington D.C. The administration’s love affair with Iran is a disgrace to our country and a danger to our security,” an American foreign policy insider told the Free Beacon.

In response to requests for information, the Free Beacon was told by the US State Department that information about any visa granted to Bishara is confidential as “Section 222 (f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) prohibits us from disclosing details from individual visa cases.”