It is no secret that the US exempts Israel from the strictures it applies to other countries and carves out special exemptions from the rules. For example, violations of UN resolutions that are given as the reason to justify invading other countries are ignored or supported when the violations are done by Israel, which holds the lead for the most violations. You can see a list of the resolutions here.
Members of the US Congress have now gone to the extent of proposing legislation allowing Israel to discriminate against Americans.
It arises out of the question of prior entry visas that are not required for travelers from some countries. They get a permit to enter on arrival at a US port of entry. Such port-of-entry visas are granted on the basis of reciprocity, in that the US and that other country agree to allow it for their citizens to go in either direction. But up until now, the US and Israel did not have such an agreement because the Israeli government wanted to have the freedom to scrutinize in advance all Americans and deny visas to those it did not want to enter. So the US applied the same rules to Israelis, requiring them to get a US visa before they left their country.
But Israel chafed at that restriction and so, aided by their lobby AIPAC in the US, they have managed to get members of Congress, bipartisan of course, to propose a special exemption for Israel that enables them to discriminate against Americans while not allowing the US to do so for Israelis. (See section 9 of the full text of the resolution of the bill S.462which has the innocuous title of United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013.) So we have the spectacle of members of the US Congress going out of its way to enable another country to discriminate against American citizens. As Glenn Greenwald says:
In other words, the bill sponsored by these American senators would exempt Israel from a requirement that applies to every other nation on the planet, for no reason other than to allow the Israeli government to engage in racial, ethnic and religious discrimination against US citizens. As Lara Friedman explained when the Senate bill was first introduced, it “takes the extraordinary step of seeking to change the current US law to create a special and unique exception for Israel in US immigration law.” In sum, it is as pure and blatant an example of prioritizing the interests of the Israeli government over the rights of US citizens as one can imagine, and it’s being pushed by Aipac and a cast of bipartisan senators.
This is the crucial, central principle [of reciprocity] which Barbara Boxer, Aipac and friends are discarding in order to benefit Israel. And what’s most amazing is that they are discarding it not to the benefit of their own country and its citizens, but rather to their disadvantage, in order to benefit a foreign country. What they are saying, in effect, is that they want to waive reciprocity so that Israeli citizens can be treated better than US citizens in relations between the two countries. It is hard to overstate just how extraordinary that is.
This bill may have been an over-reach for even a Congress that is subservient to Israel and some are leery of signing on. It may have to be passed by quietly tacking it on as one of the amendments that are anonymously attached to a major bill that will get passed, like defense spending. That is how unpopular legislation, that no one wants their fingerprints on because of possible backlash, gets through Congress. We’ll see if that happens.