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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Reuven Rivlin
A senior Israeli lawmaker is complaining to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv over the State Department's refusal to issue a visa for another Israeli legislator who once belonged to an outlawed political party on the U.S. terrorist list.
JERUSALEM — Elder statesman Shimon Peres was elected Israel"s ninth president yesterday, capping a campaign to extend his six-decade political career in a race marred by rape accusations against the sitting president.
"The United States' allegation that a member of the Knesset is a terrorist is unacceptable and is an affront to the entire Knesset," Mr. Rivlin said Tuesday.
Mr. Rivlin protested the denial of the visa and noted that Mr. Ben-Ari is a legitimately elected member of parliament.