Can a citizen of Saudi Arabia go to Israel?

Updated on : December 8, 2021 by Steve Mcclain



Can a citizen of Saudi Arabia go to Israel?

Being gay and / or spiritual atheist has nothing to do with visiting Israel, the Israeli government doesn't care about your sexual identity, and as long as your faith doesn't make you dangerous to others, the same applies there.

The problem is that you are a citizen of a country that does not have diplomatic ties with Israel and, furthermore, I believe that your country (Saudi Arabia) formally prohibits its citizens from visiting Israel, although in a quick search I see some sources in Hebrew. They say it happens from time to time.

Your first stop should be an Israeli consulate or embassy to apply for a to

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Being gay and / or spiritual atheist has nothing to do with visiting Israel, the Israeli government doesn't care about your sexual identity, and as long as your faith doesn't make you dangerous to others, the same applies there.

The problem is that you are a citizen of a country that does not have diplomatic ties with Israel and, furthermore, I believe that your country (Saudi Arabia) formally prohibits its citizens from visiting Israel, although in a quick search I see some sources in Hebrew. They say it happens from time to time.

Your first stop should be an Israeli consulate or embassy to apply for a tourist visa. Again, from what I see, you should do this at least six months before your planned visit and not buy a ticket until you know that you will get the visa. This request being quite unusual, expect it to be thoroughly examined. If approved, Israeli immigration is likely to question him again when he arrives.

I really hope you can visit us, although you shouldn't be terribly disappointed if it doesn't work out as it's a long shot. If you come to Israel, the people there are likely to be very welcoming and tolerant.

Good luck!

I already answered a few times that in 2015 I saw a mercedes in yaffo with the saudi number, it seems logical as long as you have 7 km from the saudi border to aquaba (eilat on the israeli side) and enjoy driving on the king's highway in the mountains there about one day you sleep in petra and the next day you can continue across the western border at allenby bridge or beth shean gate to enter israel.

As I also wrote a few times, the Saudi fleet comes for maintenance and overhaul in Ben Gurion, so I have a doubt that the officers and their crews sleep on their planes.

for the visa it is not a

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I already answered a few times that in 2015 I saw a mercedes in yaffo with the saudi number, it seems logical as long as you have 7 km from the saudi border to aquaba (eilat on the israeli side) and enjoy driving on the king's highway in the mountains there about one day you sleep in petra and the next day you can continue across the western border at allenby bridge or beth shean gate to enter israel.

As I also wrote a few times, the Saudi fleet comes for maintenance and overhaul in Ben Gurion, so I have a doubt that the officers and their crews sleep on their planes.

for the visa it is not a problem as long as you do not seal, we only give you a ticket which is your entry visa.

Let me add that when it comes to monetary deals and high-level ties between countries, that is not at all what you see on television or read in the newspapers. there are other interests behind the curtains.

Being gay may not officially help you, but unofficially, Israel is extremely pro-gay. Although it is diverse and depends on who you meet.

Also, Israelis understand that he faces the death penalty in his home country and he probably doesn't disagree with his family (is he?), So they would probably sympathize. It is also highly unlikely that you will be involved in acts of terror (the only reason you could be rejected, searched, or otherwise given a hard time).

If you go to the embassy or consulate, dress gay. Maybe not VERY gay, but gay enough. When asked why you want to go to Israel, you can say something

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Being gay may not officially help you, but unofficially, Israel is extremely pro-gay. Although it is diverse and depends on who you meet.

Also, Israelis understand that he faces the death penalty in his home country and he probably doesn't disagree with his family (is he?), So they would probably sympathize. It is also highly unlikely that you will be involved in acts of terror (the only reason you could be rejected, searched, or otherwise given a hard time).

If you go to the embassy or consulate, dress gay. Maybe not VERY gay, but gay enough. When asked why you want to go to Israel, you can say something like "I want to see the only gay-friendly country in the Middle East."

On the other hand, it depends on who you meet. You probably don't want to try that with someone wearing a yarmulke or speaking with a Russian accent.

If you are a woman, wear shorts and a tank top. If you are a man, wear something hippy.

This is just my guess; you may want to check elsewhere, you may be totally wrong. He never entered Israel on a tourist visa as a gay person.

Unless there is a specific law prohibiting its entry, it should be fine either way, nothing to worry about.

The problem is not entering Israel, but returning to Saudi Arabia with an Israeli stamp on your visa. In fact, traveling to any GCC country can be a problem. If you do not intend to return to Saudi Arabia and you have a permanent citizen or residence elsewhere, this may not be a problem. Otherwise, you have visited a country with which your own country is still technically at war.
If you return to Saudi Arabia, expect to be arrested at Immigration and a lengthy interrogation from the Interior Ministry. You will have to explain your friendship with the Israelis and it may also be a problem if the questioning

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The problem is not entering Israel, but returning to Saudi Arabia with an Israeli stamp on your visa. In fact, traveling to any GCC country can be a problem. If you do not intend to return to Saudi Arabia and you have a permanent citizen or residence elsewhere, this may not be a problem. Otherwise, you have visited a country with which your own country is still technically at war.
If you return to Saudi Arabia, expect to be arrested at Immigration and a lengthy interrogation from the Interior Ministry. You will have to explain your friendship with the Israelis and it can also be a problem if the questioning reveals your sexual inclinations. At best, I suppose they would confiscate your passport and put a red flag on it. At worst, you will be on the receiving end of the Saudi judicial system.
I wish you luck, but think about it first. You can also ask the Consulate of Israel if they can stamp a separate sheet of paper instead of your passport as you may need it to return to Saudi Araiba. If they are unwilling to please I would throw away the old passport and report it as stolen. I would also make sure your Israeli friends keep the visit quiet - you don't want evidence and comments on all social media!

For the record, Israel does not recognize Saudi Arabia as an enemy state. It only recognizes 3 countries as enemy states: Lebanon, Syria and Iran. That means that Israelis are legally authorized by their government to trade and visit Saudi Arabia. However, the Saudi government does not allow Israelis to visit the kingdom. Until recently, all Jews were banned from visiting.

Yes and no, it depends on who it is, what it goes for, how long it will stay.

Israel has an open mind towards those who wanted to go for treatment and visit it regardless of their belief or religion, as long as they did not hurt anyone.

A Saudi cannot legally visit Israel

Saudi Arabia does not recognize or establish relations with Israel

The Palestinians have ties to Israel, but Saudi Arabia believes that it is more Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves, so Israel's visit is individual and is considered an illegal visit by the state.

I lived in Saudi Arabia as a 'Full Resident' for 4 years. If I had an Israeli stamp in my passport, they would not have allowed me to return to Saudi Arabia. But the Israeli authorities are well aware of this and will place the Israeli entry stamp on a separate document that you can carry and show only if necessary.

Imagine that you are a teenager and that you and your brother are graduating from high school in the same year. Dad gives your brother money and he drives off in his new car to enjoy his graduation party in Bahrain. God knows who he's partying with. He can be partying and drinking with some prostitutes. But for you, Dad is throwing you a cake and ice cream party at the house and inviting some family members and probably buying you a nice party dress for the occasion.

From an early age, Saudi girls see who gets the big rewards and who has the power and freedom: dad, uncles, brothers; mens

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Imagine that you are a teenager and that you and your brother are graduating from high school in the same year. Dad gives your brother money and he drives off in his new car to enjoy his graduation party in Bahrain. God knows who he's partying with. He can be partying and drinking with some prostitutes. But for you, Dad is throwing you a cake and ice cream party at the house and inviting some family members and probably buying you a nice party dress for the occasion.

From an early age, Saudi girls see who gets the big rewards and who has the power and freedom: dad, uncles, brothers; mens. Your work is rewarded and praised. Even completing the most basic tasks is cause for praise for their efforts, and the same work is expected from women without recognition.

There is oppression everywhere, even in health insurance policies. My health insurance policy indicated that I have maternity benefits; But in reality, you wouldn't be able to get maternity coverage if you had a child there. Even as a full-time college professor with health insurance, my maternity costs are covered by my husband's insurance. So if I were married to an Uber driver or someone who works and maybe works really hard but doesn't have comprehensive health insurance, we would have to pay for everything out of pocket and it is illegal to have a midwife or home birth in Arabia. We would have to pay for an expensive hospital delivery. Why wouldn't a woman feel oppressed? The maternity benefits on my policy are not even for me, they are for a man. But, Who works full time and gives birth? How is that Islamic? Treatment is also not covered for sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, even if you or your newborn got it from your husband.

I regularly saw female students coming to school dressed like children, with a short pixie haircut and no makeup. Some of the girls would have girlfriends and behave exactly like young men. They see women as weak and dependent and men as strong and independent. I don't think all of them feel oppressed, but I certainly think these women respond by rejecting their femininity in order to feel empowered and free. College is free for girls in public universities, but programs are preparing them for job opportunities that mostly don't exist yet. There are some jobs in education, nursing, and a small portion of jobs in technology and business, but many of them still have their primary career option as a homemaker. I would say that they have a high prevalence of aggression problems: indirect aggression, passive aggression, displaced aggression, bullying, hostile aggression. Many women can't afford to go for a long walk or jog in the park just to get away from it all. There is no pressure valve outside of prayer, shopping, and housework.

In my six years there, I initially did not understand how Saudi women could be happy. But no matter how oppressive it really and truly is, I won't deny the fact that there were some inexplicably happy women there. Clearly I wasn't one of them, but they do exist. I felt oppressed and walked away from a situation that could not be solved in any other way at the time. In my belief system, Muslims who create degrading policies and oppression for women in life do not adhere to the teachings of the Prophet and will not go to the same place as the Prophet in the Hereafter. They go to another place and suffer for their bad behavior during life.

There are several answers, but I guess none of them addresses the question correctly. I will try to explain to you what is happening and what you are reading in the newspapers may sound sensational, but it is definitely not far-fetched propaganda. Bankruptcy is declared when a person or entity cannot pay its debts and sometimes that entity can be a country. To be fair, Saudi Arabia is not going bankrupt because it is currently out of debt, but it is putting a big hole in its bank and running on steroids to financial ruin. I have broken down my answer to explain politics and economics.

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There are several answers, but I guess none of them addresses the question correctly. I will try to explain to you what is happening and what you are reading in the newspapers may sound sensational, but it is definitely not far-fetched propaganda. Bankruptcy is declared when a person or entity cannot pay its debts and sometimes that entity can be a country. To be fair, Saudi Arabia is not going bankrupt because it is currently out of debt, but it is putting a big hole in its bank and running on steroids to financial ruin. I have broken down my answer to explain the politics and economy of Saudi Arabia, the current oil market, and how the Saudis fell into a hole they dug for others.

ECONOMY

Saudi Arabia's economy is an oil-based economy and is highly dependent on oil exports. Despite spending billions of dollars to diversify the economy, no significant results have been achieved and there is virtually no industry other than the oil industry. Oil accounts for 90% of its export earnings and 90% of budget revenue. Taking advantage of high crude oil prices from 2000 to 2013, Saudi foreign exchange reserves increased from a few billion in 2000 to a high of $ 740 billion in 2013. Basically, the entire economy and existence of the Saudi regime depends on the Petroleum. If oil were not discovered in Saudi Arabia, the only thing Saudi Arabia would be exporting in 2015 would be dates, camels, and perhaps sand.

POLITICS AND SOCIETY

Saudi Arabia is a medieval-style Wahhabi monarchy that has repressive laws and restricts the basic laws of freedom. The courts operate in accordance with Islamic law called Sharia. Social spending is the glue that holds the regime together. Saudi monarchs have been spending money for decades to quell dissent and maintain power. Citizens do not pay income taxes. Subsidized gasoline costs about 10 cents a liter. Electricity is given away for 2 cents per kilowatt-hour. There are generous welfare plans that include everything from free health care to a free burial and everything in between. The biggest supporter of the so-called "Arab Spring" was worried that the revolution would reach its borders, patronage spending exploded after the "Arab Spring" when the monarchy tried to stifle any dissent within its kingdom. Bonuses were given to state employees, higher pensions, higher unemployment benefits, or simply large handouts to distract the public's attention from the uprisings in the Arab world. All of this was possible and affordable because oil was selling for $ 140 a barrel.

SLATE OIL INDUSTRY

With major recent advances in shale oil extraction technology, shale oil production experienced a steady increase from 2011 onwards. High oil prices worked in the favor of shale oil producers, as many projects that were previously not feasible were able to generate profits due to booming oil prices. The shale oil industry began producing oil in record quantities. Although these figures were not huge when compared to OPEC oil production, they were enough to influence the world oil market. World oil prices fell slightly due to the shale oil industry.

SAUDI ARABIA'S REACTION

Saudi Arabia, which has built its welfare state around the assumption that oil prices are only going in one direction, that is, up, began to feel the impact of falling oil prices. In late 2014, Saudi Arabia "discovered" that the offer has a direct effect on the price. They came up with a "brilliant" plan: they decided to increase oil production. Saudi Arabia believed that oversupply would lower oil prices to a level where the shale oil industry would go bankrupt and could not continue production, making Saudi Arabia the undisputed king of the world market. of the oil. Despite the fact that a large number of shale oil producers were based in the US, Saudi Arabia had the blessing of the US because supposedly the strategy would also hurt Russia. The plan was put in place and Saudi Arabia said, "What could go wrong?"

EFFECTS ON THE WORLD OIL MARKET

In fact, Saudi Arabia was right. Saudi Arabia's increased oil production began to affect crude prices. Saudi Arabia expected a manageable decline in price to bankrupt the high-cost shale oil industry. In the past, whenever crude prices fell they would revert to previous prices quite quickly, so it seemed that Saudi Arabia would cut out competitors and oil prices would rise again. At worst, Saudi oil wells are the cheapest to operate, so there is no way anyone can beat them at their game. Saudi Arabia had played its cards well. Many shale oil wells had to shut down, Russia's economy was hit by falling oil prices and countries like Algeria and Venezuela wept in pain while the Saudis laughed. Prices fell to $ 80 a barrel, prompting a meeting of OPEC countries, which are responsible for 40% of world production. Countries like Iran and Venezuela wanted Saudi Arabia to cut production to stabilize oil prices, which were in free fall. But Saudi Arabia was in no mood to budge. they were in free fall. But Saudi Arabia was in no mood to budge. they were in free fall. But Saudi Arabia was in no mood to budge.

SAUDI ARABIA'S DREAM BECOMES A NIGHTMARE

Although the Saudi strategy seemed perfect on paper, it had many flaws. Saudi Arabia ended up hurting no one but itself. Extracting oil from shale costs more than an oil rig, but with advances in extraction technology it is no longer considered high-cost drilling. To give you an idea, a shale oil well in Texas costs less than drilling in the Gulf of Mexico or the Arctic. So while some shale oil wells had to shut down, high-yield wells were still profitable and shale oil production hit a record. Russia is among the largest oil and gas exporters, but it is not entirely dependent on these exports. Gold, diamonds, precious metals, iron, wheat, etc. They are among the other Russian exports. Russia has a sophisticated defense industry worth billions of dollars. It also has a well-developed fishing and lumber industry along with experience in manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, construction, etc. Saudi Arabia lacks such experience or capacity and relies heavily on foreign technicians to even run its petrochemical industry. There has also been a general decline in demand for oil, so there are several other factors affecting the oil industry. Saudi assumptions that China will continue to increase its demand for energy and Iran will continue to suffer from sanctions also turned out to be false. Saudi Arabia not only failed miserably, it also ended up hurting his own economy more than anyone else's. Saudi Arabia lacks such experience or capacity and relies heavily on foreign technicians to even run its petrochemical industry. There has also been a general decline in demand for oil, so there are several other factors affecting the oil industry. Saudi assumptions that China will continue to increase its demand for energy and Iran will continue to suffer from sanctions also turned out to be false. Not only did Saudi Arabia fail miserably, it also ended up damaging its own economy more than anyone else's. Saudi Arabia lacks such experience or capacity and relies heavily on foreign technicians to even run its petrochemical industry. There has also been a general decline in demand for oil, so there are several other factors affecting the oil industry. Saudi assumptions that China will continue to increase its demand for energy and Iran will continue to suffer from sanctions also turned out to be false. Not only did Saudi Arabia fail miserably, it also ended up damaging its own economy more than anyone else's.

CURRENT OIL MARKET

Saudi Arabia could have started this price war, but now it is like a helpless beached whale, it has lost control over the market price. There is no easy way out for the Saudis who have played without much thought. One option for Saudi Arabia will be to cut its oil production and wait for the price to rise. Prices will eventually rise to their previous levels, but shale oil producers will also return in record numbers. This will also result in other countries grabbing your market share. Sanctions on Iran have also been relaxed and Iran will add another million barrels to the oil market. The Iranians would love to further harm the Saudis by supplying them with more oil. The other option is to be patient and see what happens. The patience game is a very expensive affair.

SAUDI ARABIA GOING TO BANKRUPTCY?

I don't think Saudi Arabia is going bankrupt. At least not yet. Remember the foreign reserves of $ 740 billion? They are very useful but they have been declining at an unprecedented rate. A whopping $ 70 billion has already been lost in less than a year. The expensive Saudi welfare state is based on petrodollars. The Saudis need oil prices at $ 110 a barrel to balance their budget. At the moment, the Saudis need between $ 5 billion and $ 10 billion a month to fill the gap. If Saudi Arabia continues to draw money from foreign reserves, by 2020 they will be empty. The other option will be to borrow money. Borrowing money prevents them from diving into foreign reserves, but it does not change the fact that the government does not have the means to make up for the huge budget deficit. Saudi Arabia's foreign exchange reserves may be large, but so is its population. If you calculate the foreign exchange reserves per capita, they are more comparable to those of Jordan or Thailand. Saudi Arabia's economic growth over the past decades has been driven by petrodollars. If the petrodollars disappear, it is very likely that the economy will also stagnate. Saudi Arabia is also involved in a very costly war against the Houthis in Yemen and heavily involved in financing and supplying weapons to Islamists in Syria. All of Saudi Arabia's military construction relies on foreign imports and defense accounts for 11% of the annual budget. If oil prices recover before Saudi Arabia runs out of cash, the House of Saud will breathe a sigh of relief. If Saudi Arabia runs out of money, then the monarchy has other things to worry about besides bankruptcy, like saving the regime because the "Arab Spring" can finally reach the kingdom.

The situation in Saudi Arabia is slightly similar to that in the United States and different in other respects. There are two groups of black people in the Arabian Peninsula: the first group are descendants of enslaved black people brought to the Arabian Peninsula by native nomads from Africa many centuries ago. The second group are recent immigrants from Africa.

The first group are no longer slaves as of 1962 and many are named after their masters, similar to the U.S. The second group migrated through Yemen from Africa, or those who came from Africa via the pilgrimage of the Hajj and then reside in Hejaz (Weste

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The situation in Saudi Arabia is slightly similar to that in the United States and different in other respects. There are two groups of black people in the Arabian Peninsula: the first group are descendants of enslaved black people brought to the Arabian Peninsula by native nomads from Africa many centuries ago. The second group are recent immigrants from Africa.

The first group are no longer slaves as of 1962 and many are named after their masters, similar to the U.S. The second group migrated through Yemen from Africa, or those who came from Africa via the pilgrimage of the Hajj and then reside in Hejaz (west of the Arabian Peninsula).

The first group dissolved through marriage to native nomads and some still retain their ethnic identity. They can be found in most of the Gulf countries and in Yemen. The second group still lives in the western region and retains their tribal names.

The western region is a melting pot, like the United States, made up of natives and many ethnic minorities who come from many Islamic countries. This region was a sovereign kingdom before unification in 1932 and at one time under the control of the Ottoman Empire. The kingdom was unified in 1932 and all the regions were united under the name of Saudi Arabia.

The royal family hails from the central region and rules the kingdom together with other Arab tribal groups from the north and south of the Arabian peninsula.

During the rule of the Ottoman Empire and Western imperialism, the central region, however, did not receive as much attention as it was just a desert. So, the nomads of this region retain their native ethnic identity and sovereignty.

For hundreds of years, Islamic rulers overlapped in many regions of the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia. As a result, North Africa mixed with Arab and Muslim culture. This contributed in part to the ease of movement of immigrants through these regions.

In terms of civic engagement, white Arab minorities in western regions are well represented in the public and private sectors. Blacks, on the other hand, mainly due to language and cultural barriers, are often segregated and live in poor communities and few have a high educational level. Few in recent years have had slightly good representation in some sectors, better than previous generations. However, they are still moving up the social mobility ladder, but are slightly slower than their white peers.

Unlike the United States, due to the Arab tribal culture, nepotism is very prevalent in this region. Due to the Islamic faith, all communities reject racism.

Unfortunately, minority demographics are not well classified through the national census, so there is no public information on specific ethnic groups, but blacks come from Islamic countries in East and West Africa.

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