Roger L. Simon contacted the source quoted in the Maariv article upon which, we, too, based our claim that the Administration was denying visas to Dimona nuclear scientists. He says the problem is not new, but has been in place since 2001:
This morning (Pacific time) I was able to reach Dr. Alfassi in his office at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Apparently, my report - and the newspaper's - was inaccurate. The professor informed me that while it was extremely difficult for scientists who worked at Dimona to obtain U.S. visas, this was not a new policy of the Obama administration. This problem has been going on since 9/11.
Alfassi explained that formerly he and other scientists were able to go through travel agents to obtain visas to the U.S. Now they have to go personally to the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. He knows of at least one case of a scientist who was not able to attend a conference in this country because of this system. European scientists, he said, did not have this problem.
We regret that we were misled by Maariv's reporting.