Is this an issue of the two countries not having diplomatic relations?
For example, under US law, if there was a tournament in Cuba, no US player could participate. Of course, that's because of US, rather than Cuban law. Face it, some governments view Israel as a rogue state.
I also don't understand how being onthe exempt list would get AnnaSmash around a legal issue. If the country doesn't allow in Israelis, then being on the exempt list is meaningless.
There are some inconsistencies here.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.