Reunification order to be extended

Gov't seeks legislation against Arab-Israeli spouse naturalization.

checkpoint 443 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
checkpoint 443 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Interior Ministry intends to request a six month extension of the 7-year-old temporary order which prevents Palestinians married to Israeli Arabs from becoming Israeli citizens, Army Radio reported Thursday.
Every year, the state extends the measure, which is currently due to expire in two months, for security reasons. This time, however, the ministry intends to use the six month extension to implement parliamentary proceedings to make the order into a permanent law.
Four years ago, the High Court of Justice ruled that the order was a breach of fundamental human rights. It was also criticized for explicit prejudice against a specific ethnic group in Israel.
The Interior Ministry plans to counter the last allegation by making the law apply to an additional group - migrant workers who exhausted their permits.
The new legislation would require this additional group to spend a 'cooling period' outside of Israel while their status renewed.