Cablegate: Country Clearance for Staffdel Morrision, February
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FM AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
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UNCLAS TEL AVIV 000392
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AFIN ASEC IS
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR STAFFDEL MORRISION, FEBRUARY
REF: A. STATE 13368
B. STATE 11915
1. (SBU) Embassy Tel Aviv welcomes the February 16-18, 2008,
visit of HPSCI Staff Members Brian Morrison, Eric Greenwald,
Donald Viera and Jay Heath, and SSCI Staff Member Alissa
Starzak. The visit officer is Political Officer Van Reidhead;
phone 972-3-519-7565; cell 972-50-540-6667; email
ReidheadVE@state.gov. Hotel and other logistical
arrangements have been communicated to the party via e-mail.
2. (U) All USG visitors to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank are
responsible for reading this message thoroughly and complying
with its instructions, and are required to comply with U.S.
policy contained in Department of State cable 342724 (100514Z
OCT 90). This classified cable is available for review
through the office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs,
Department of State (NEA/IPA, Room 6247, 202-647-3672). All
official visitors to Israel with s/ecret clearances or higher
should review 12 FAM 262.3 prior to arrival. Copies of this
FAM are available in the Regional Security Offices in Tel
Aviv and Jerusalem. Since the opening of a new airport
terminal in November 2004, Israeli security procedures have
been significantly strengthened and formalized. All official
visitors, regardless of rank or means of transportation into
and out of Israel, should expect to be questioned with
respect to their luggage, purchases, and possibly with
respect to their activities during their stay in Israel.
3. (U) Threat assessment: The threat of terrorism and
violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank is high. There is
no information indicating that this particular visit is
threatened or targeted. Government employees should assume
that they are subjected to technical and physical
surveillance. Visitors should be scrupulous in securing
classified and sensitive information in the Embassy or
Consulate General and assume that any materials left in hotel
rooms or public or semi-private places may be compromised.
4. (U) Travel Policy: In light of the current security
situation, the following measures are in effect for all U.S.
Embassy Tel Aviv and Consulate General Jerusalem personnel,
as well as all USG official visitors. On the advice of the
Regional Security Officer, exceptions to this policy may be
granted on a case-by-case basis upon approval of the
Ambassador in Tel Aviv or the Consul General in Jerusalem,
A) Throughout Israel, travelers are strongly urged to avoid
areas of public gathering or assembly, such as cafes, malls,
restaurants, and movie theaters, especially during peak hours
of business. Discos and nightclubs are off-limits.
B) The use of public buses and trains, and their respective
terminals/stations, is prohibited.
C) Travelers must exercise caution when out in public and
should report suspicious activity to the police and RSO
D) Official travel to the West Bank is authorized on a
case-by-case basis when determined by the Consul General to
be mission-critical. For limited, personal travel, U.S.
government personnel and family members are permitted to
travel through the West Bank, using only Routes 1 and 90, to
reach Galilee, the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge or the Dead
Sea coast near Ein Gedi and Masada. Each such transit
requires prior notification to the Consulate General's
security office and must occur during daylight hours. U.S.
Government personnel and family members are permitted
personal travel on Route 443 between Modi'in and Jerusalem
during the daylight hours only.
E) Official and personal travel to the Gaza Strip, including
to the Palestinian-controlled portions of entry/crossing
points into the Gaza Strip, remains prohibited. Under policy
guidance issued by the Secretary of State, the Consul General
may grant rare exceptions to this prohibition only for
official, mission-critical travel by the named special envoys
of the President.
F) Jerusalem,s Old City is off-limits during the hours of
darkness, and on Fridays between the hours of 1100-1400 hrs.
G) Travelers to Jerusalem are urged to remain vigilant,
especially in the commercial and downtown areas of West
Jerusalem and the city center. Israeli security services
report that they continue to receive information of planned
terrorist attacks in and around Jerusalem.
H) Also in Jerusalem, the Tayelit or Haas Promenade (vehicle
overlook) located in Armon Hanatziv and bordering the
Palestinian Village of Abu-Tor is open for USG personnel
during daylight hours only. Both the area below the
Promenade and the village of Abu-Tor remain off-limits. In
addition, due to reported increases in criminal activity,
employees should avoid the outlying villages surrounding East
I) Northern Israel/Golan Heights: While there is a cessation
of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon, the situation
remains tense and a possible resumption of sporadic violence
cannot be ruled out. Visitors to the Golan Heights should be
warned that due to unmarked or poorly marked minefields, they
should walk only on established roads or trails and pay close
attention to warning signs and notices in the area.
J) Country clearance for official travel to post will be
reviewed on an individual and mission-critical basis. All
TDY visitors at post for more than one week are required to
attend the security newcomer briefing presented by the
Regional Security Office (RSO). Sponsoring offices will
incorporate this briefing into visit schedules as required.
Official visitors here less than one week are strongly
encouraged to contact the RSO for the most recent security
5. (U) It has been longstanding USG policy for Administration
officials not to travel to territories captured by Israel in
the 1967 War (the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights and East
Jerusalem) escorted by Government of Israel officials, either
civilian or military. Overflights of these areas have been
permitted in certain circumstances. Security situation
permitting, Administration officials may travel to the West
Bank or Gaza in the company of Consulate General personnel.
As noted above, however, due to the October 2003 attack on
Embassy personnel in Gaza, all travel to Gaza has been
suspended for the foreseeable future. The Embassy recommends
that Congressional and Staff delegations follow these USG
guidelines when visiting Israel.
6. (U) Support costs: Visitors or their agencies/bureaus must
provide fund cites to cover requested commercial services
such as equipment, supplies, and transportation, as well as
required Embassy/Consulate General overtime. In order to
maintain their traditionally high standards of visitor
support, Embassy Tel Aviv and Consulate General Jerusalem
generally require an appropriate fund cite to cover per diem
costs of control officers and motorpool personnel when
assigned to visits. If security personnel are required, the
fund cite must cover their expenses as well. The
Embassy/Consulate General will provide estimated costs upon
7. Computer Access: TDY visitors requiring computer network
access should so inform their control officers at least five
days in advance of their arrival in Israel and Jerusalem.
-- SBU systems: Visitors who enjoy access to their home post
SBU computer system via Outlook Web Access, and who have
requested SBU computer access through their visit officer,
will receive logons upon arrival allowing them to access that
system from terminals at the Embassy and Consulate General,
respectively. Visitors who are unsure whether their home
post supports Outlook Web Access should contact their local
systems administrator before commencing travel. Visitors who
do not have access to their home post SBU systems via Outlook
Web Access must provide the Embassy and Consulate General
with the fully qualified domain name and the IP address of
their home e-mail server. That information is necessary for
Embassy and Consulate General personnel to configure the
visitor's access to his or her home post SBU account, and is
available from the visitor,s home post SBU systems manager.
-- Classified systems: Visitors requesting access to
classified computer systems must provide front-channel
confirmation that they possess at least a "secret" clearance.
No access to home post classified e-mail accounts is
possible from either the Embassy or Consulate General.
Accordingly, Embassy and Consulate General information system
personnel will be able to provide only new, separate
classified e-mail accounts accessible only at their
8. (U) Visas: Israel requires visas for holders of diplomatic
and official passports. All personnel visiting Israel on
official business must obtain visas from the nearest Israeli
Embassy or Consulate prior to arrival in Israel. Sharing
this information in advance with visit officers will assist
us in expediting visitors arrival.
Visit Embassy Tel Aviv's Classified Website:
You can also access this site through the State Department's
Classified SIPRNET website.