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Lebanese guy in Israel

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Lebanese guy in Israel

I have a friend (no it's not me) who is Lebanese/British. He was born in Beirut to a Christian family and grew up there. He has since relocated to London, married an English girl and now has British Citizenship. I have been to Israel a couple of times and told him about how amazing Jerusalem is. He has always wanted to travel there (given how close it is to where he grew up) but he didn't think it was possible when he only held Lebanese citizenship. We would really love to travel there together with his wife and my girlfriend but he is unsure whether a Lebanese and British passport holder would be able to enter since Lebanon does not recognise Israel. He is also very is concerned about spending the money on the trip only to find himself on a plane straight back to London. He is aware of the problems he would face in Lebanon if they knew he had travelled there but thinks it would be worth the risk. Could anyone advise on this?

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1. Re: Lebanese guy in Israel

Hi Brian,

Israel's official position is that it "does not reject entry of visitors solely on the basis of their citizenship." Generally citizenship of what are defined as "enemy states" (including Lebanon) can obviously be problematic, but in this case it may be that your friend will be able to enter.

Your friend should call the Israeli embassy in London and ask the question openly.

This information is based on the following link from the website of the Israeli Foreign Ministry:

mfa.gov.il/MFA/…blank

(In the FAQ list, under Visas, open "Can people with passports from hostile Arab countries enter Israel?")

Good luck!

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2. Re: Lebanese guy in Israel

@PRSV

Thanks for the response. So is it particularly unusual for someone from Lebanon but with a British passport to travel to Israel? Have you not heard of this before?

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3. Re: Lebanese guy in Israel

Your friend is a British citizen, therefore he does not need a visa in advance, so no need to address the Israeli consulate. It is likely that airport security will delay him upon entry, to verify details. If your friend has nothing to hide, as long as he'll answer their questions honestly, calmly and politely, he should be let in.

Had he only a Lebanese passport, he would have needed to apply for a visa (that's what PRSV is referring to)

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4. Re: Lebanese guy in Israel

He is no longer Lebanese he is British. He may well be asked questions concerning his place of birth but just as a friend of mine ( not Jewish) who fled Iran with his parents after the overthrow of the Shah and is now British had to answer questions he found it no bother. Britain dos not have the concept of for example ' Lebanese british' or 'polish British' as our American cousins do, you are British and you lose the other nomenclature , after all our Royal family are really German and Greek.

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5. Re: Lebanese guy in Israel

There most likely will not be a problem, but your friend needs to be aware that he may be detained for several hours upon landing in Israel while a security check is made on him. I have client who went through a similar situation recently (4 hour detention), was contacted by the British Foreign office several times during the detention, while being questioned, and ultimately allowed to enter the country. As mentioned if you have nothing to hide than there will most likely be no problem, but there is never any guarantee.

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6. Re: Lebanese guy in Israel

AS others have said he needs to be prepared for a more intensive security check. During the check he will be asked questions that seem irrelevant or repetitive. All he needs to remember is that Israel security knows what it is doing. He needs to be calm, polite and honest. Attitude and challenging the questioners, and/ or belittling them will only extend the process. Assuming he is the innocent you are portraying him as, he should have no problem eventually gaining admittance. If he is anything else, Israeli security IS good and he should just remain in the UK.

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