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Israel ‘s Evangelicals Face Visa Hurdles

ICC Note

Staff members of Evangelical Christian organizations which are based in Israel are facing impediment to stay in Israel . Evangelical groups are using various avenues to seek solution for the problem.

December 19, 2007 Israel (CBNNews.com) – Israeli-based evangelical Christian organizations are facing another round of negotiations with the Interior Ministry to secure visas for their permanent staff members.

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“We are talking about people who do extraordinary work for the State of Israel,” Yerushalmi said, at the same time acknowledging that extending visas for “foreign workers” beyond five years is difficult.

Also backing efforts to resolve the visa issue is the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC), founded in 2004 by the late Dr. Yuri Shtern. The KCAC provides a forum for interaction and cooperation between the Knesset and evangelical Christians in the country and abroad.

CBN News spoke with David Parsons, media relations director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ).

“I can confirm that we’re having problems obtaining visas for our long-term, permanent staff,” Parsons said. “We’re working through a number of avenues trying to resolve the issue quietly,” he said.

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