Draft rules were released in February and sparked strong public backlash as well as legal challenges that delayed their implementation.
But those regulations were removed from official guidelines released on Sunday. The rules are currently due to come into force on October 20.
Israel says the new order aims to codify standards already in place.
The document also states that the new regulations will be part of a “two-year pilot period” after which “the situation will be assessed and a decision will be made as to whether or not to maintain the current procedure”.
An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to speak more freely, told CNN that the reason Israel wants foreigners to declare romantic relationships with West Bank Palestinians is to simplify the visa process for visitors. The official said as an example that a student with a foreign passport who fell in love with a Palestinian could – instead of having to renew their student visa every year – simply register as a couple and receive the equivalent of a spouse visa.
The draft guidelines released in February were challenged in Israel’s Supreme Court by human rights groups and individuals.
“I continue to have concerns about the published protocols, in particular about COGAT’s role in determining whether those invited by Palestinian academic institutions are qualified to enter the West Bank, and the potential negative impact on family unity.” , Nides said. “It is important to ensure that all these regulations are developed in coordination with key stakeholders, including the Palestinian Authority.
COGAT is the Israeli agency that administers Israeli policy in the West Bank.
Nides is married to CNN executive Virginia Moseley, who serves as Senior Vice President of National News Gathering.
“[The] The Israeli military arrogates to itself the prerogative to micromanage Palestinian society – including by interfering with the academic freedom of Palestinian universities. This proceeding violates Israel’s international legal obligations and HaMoked will pursue its legal challenge,” said HaMoked Executive Director Jessica Montell.
IDF admits Shireen Abu Akleh was likely killed by Israeli gunfire, but won’t charge soldiers
- Background: Abu Akleh was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military operation in the West Bank in May. According to an autopsy carried out by the Palestinian Authority, she was killed with a single bullet to the back of the neck. Footage obtained by CNN – corroborated by testimony from eight eyewitnesses, an audio forensic analyst and an explosive weapons expert – suggests that Abu Akleh was shot in a targeted attack by Israeli forces.
- Why it matters: This is the first time the IDF has admitted that Abu Akleh’s death was likely caused by Israeli fire. A senior IDF official who briefed journalists on the findings of the military investigation before their release said the soldiers did not know they were shooting at the press and said Abu Akleh’s back was “probably” turned towards soldiers was a contributing factor. In footage from the shooting scene, Abu Akleh is wearing a protective vest that reads “PRESS” on the front and back.
Iran sentences two women to death for ‘corruption on earth’
Two women have been sentenced to death in Iran in recent days for “corruption on earth” and human trafficking, the official Iranian news agency IRNA said on Monday, quoted by Reuters.
- Background: “Corruption on land” is a term used by Iranian authorities to refer to a wide range of offences, including those related to Islamic morality. “Contrary to the news published online, the convicts deceived young women and girls out of the country by promising them education and work opportunities, resulting in the suicide of several of their victims,” IRNA said. .
- Why it matters: Advocates and the rights group took to social media to share photos of the two women, claiming they are LGBT rights activists and are innocent. Reuters could not verify the images. In March, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described homosexuality as part of a widespread “moral deprivation” in Western civilization. According to the Iranian legal system, homosexual acts can be punished with the death penalty.
Erdogan accuses Greece of ‘occupying’ demilitarized islands
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused Greece of occupying islands in the Aegean Sea that have demilitarized status, and said Turkey was ready to “do what is necessary” when the time comes, Reuters reported.
- Background: Ankara recently accused Athens of arming the demilitarized Aegean islands, which Athens rejects, but Erdogan had not previously accused Greece of occupying them. “Your occupation of the islands does not bind us. When the time, the time comes, we will do what is necessary,” Erdogan said. Greece responded by saying it would not follow Turkey in its “scandalous daily slide” of statements and threats.
- Why it matters: NATO members Turkey and Greece are at odds over issues ranging from overflights and the status of the Aegean islands to maritime borders and hydrocarbon resources in the Mediterranean, as well as to the ethnic division of Cyprus. Turkey was also recently angered by what it said was harassment of its planes by Greek forces.
Around the region
Abandoned for years on the Asian side of Istanbul, the city’s famous “haunted mansion” was finally sold on Friday to Turkish lender İşbank for 449.3 million Turkish liras ($24.7 million).
Ragip Pasha lived in the mansion until his death in 1920, and ownership has since changed hands several times.
The three-storey building has an enclosed area of 2,700 square meters and extends over a large garden. Desperately in need of renovation, its 20th century architecture and spectacular sea views have made it an integral historical landmark for the Kadikoy district.
The abandoned building’s rough facade and dilapidated facilities have led locals to call it “haunted.”
The property was sold in a public tender, where the court initially set the price for the building at 449.4 million lira.
By Nadeen Ebrahim