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Israel, US sign agreement to facilitate visa waiver program

Israeli and American representatives have signed an information-sharing agreement needed for Israel to join the US Visa Waiver program, but the hurdle of Knesset approval remains.
US, Israel sign information-sharing agreement

Israeli and American representatives inked an information-sharing deal this morning. Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev and US Deputy Ambassador to Israel Jonathan Shrier signed the agreement with Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked witnessing. The agreement will enable the two countries check fingerprints from each other's databases up to 1,000 times a year as well as request information on citizens with severe criminal backgrounds.

A preliminary agreement to that effect was signed March 3 by Bar Lev and the US Department of Homeland Security's visiting undersecretary for policy, Robert Silvers.

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