A new international travel ban targeting the countries of Lebanon and Saudi Arabia would have little impact on the daily lives of Israeli and Lebanese citizens, according to a report released by the United Nations on Wednesday.
Lebanon and Jordan have been under international travel restrictions since the beginning of the year, and travel restrictions have remained in place since the early days of the Palestinian intifada.
Israel and Jordan are the only countries to have a permanent presence in the United States, but their citizens do not have a visa to enter the United State.
The UN said the restrictions are designed to prevent “a surge of radicalization” in the region, including from Hezbollah and Hamas.
They also aim to prevent Hezbollah and the Lebanese Shia militia from establishing a foothold in the West Bank, the report said.
Israel has said it will not lift the restrictions in the near future.
Israel is also concerned about the possibility of Hezbollah using Lebanon and other Arab countries to launch attacks in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which are claimed by Israel.