This year, Israel may very well be the latest and the 38th member to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) of the United States. If the bill that is being worked on now by the US congress is passed, then Israeli’s may benefit from the visa-free entry to America.
The bill is sponsored by Representative Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and Ted Poe, R-Tx. Poe says that it is such an irony that Israel passport holders can go to South America and Canada without needing a visa but cannot do the same to the US. It was revealed that at the moment, to go to the US, the Israelis need to secure a visa from the US embassy in Tel Aviv or from the consulate in Jerusalem.

“Adding Israel to the Visa Waiver Program will boost business here in the US and enhance cultural ties between our two nations. Israelis can visit most of Europe, Latin America, Canada, and several other countries around the world, visa-free, but not the United States,” said Sherman.
Poe, on the other hand, said that it is just about time that the Israelis know that the US is open for business.
A letter last January 8 was sent to Mr. Sherman by the Israeli Ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren. It was stated that “this bill would be a significant step forward in promoting closer ties in culture, economy, and tourism between Israel and the United States, and would help spur numerous business endeavors.”