Israel, U.S. agree on immigration fast track

The United States and Israel are set to add Israelis to a fast-track immigration system.

The daily paper Yediot Achronot reported May 17 that U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have agreed to add Israel to the Global Entry program. The agreement was negotiated during a recent trip by Homeland Security officials to Israel.

For a $100 fee, frequent business travelers undergo a thorough security clearance. Once cleared, they enter the United States through a biometric fingerprint check, skipping passport checks.

According to Yediot, six countries already have joined the program — Britain, Holland, Qatar, Austria, New Zealand and Japan — and 250,000 American citizens have registered. — jta