Embassy of Israel releases a statement
The embassy of Israel in Georgia has released a special statement about the problems, which Georgian pilgrims wishing to attend Christmas ceremony have faced.
`The embassy of Israel in Georgia is probing into the reports in media regarding the Georgian pilgrims. Issuing visas to individuals or tourist groups is carried out in accordance with Israeli legislation. The embassy is doing its best to facilitate to the resolution of the process,` the statement says.
Reportedly, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Israel has refuses visas to commercial tour agencies and the Religious Tourism Department of the Patriarch`s administration for attending Christmas ceremonies in Israel. Patriarch`s administration does not rule out the refusal is tied with the frequent immigration from Georgia, however, there may be another reason - the Israeli government might have taken such a decision after Georgia voted in the support of the state of Palestine at UN General Assembly.