Unfortunately with DXpeditions and DXing, politics DO play into it. And ARRL really has no control over what nation states allow or do not allow. I really don't know why anyone is surprised about this. Some countries simply do not recognize Israel in any shape, way, form or fashion. If you travel to those countries with an israeli entry visa in your passport, you will likely be turned away. That in itself is sad, but ARRL has no power over this.