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In my opinion, based on what I have seen, read, and deduced from conversations, these measures far exceed what the US and other countries do.  Also, in my opinion the Israelis are justified in their actions for obvious reasons.

Which is precisely my point. They let you bring bags into their consulates, while checking the contents, unlike the U.S.  I doubt the workload has much to do with it: I'm sure neither workload compares with many U.S. courthouses (I suspect somebody who loses a court case is more likely to go berserk than somebody denied a visa), and they have no problem screening bags.

Some visa seekers apparently think they have the right to a US entry visa or some other benefit and when denied they go berserk.

Note that I have no problem with reasonable security checks. Assuming their presence, your scenario assumes someone hiding a weapon in their bag (with a good chance of being caught and denied a visa for this very reason; if that doesn't happen, maybe it should), so that they can then pull the weapon out and go berserk if denied the visa. I don't see this as very plausible.

I think the main difference between the Israeli and U.S. approaches to consulate security is that the Israelis actually want tourists to visit, whereas the U.S behaves as though they are a nuisance to be kept away at all costs. To judge by reactions I hear in Europe, they are quite successful.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 02:59:48 AM EST
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