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Compromise on reunification law proposes upgrading status of 1.5K Palestinian families

The Times of Israel has obtained the latest compromise proposal on extending the 2003 Palestinian family reunification ban.

The coalition, including Meretz, Labor and Ra’am, will vote to extend the law by six months.

In exchange, the Interior Ministry will upgrade the status of around 1,500 Palestinian families.

At the same time, the Knesset will establish a supervisory committee with representatives from the Interior Ministry, the Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority, and a parliamentarian to be named later.

The committee’s aim is to help provide social benefits to around 9,700 Palestinians residing in Israel on military-issued stay permits that are equal to those of residents.

The committee will report to the Knesset’s Interior Committee. That body has yet to be established, but Ra’am is reportedly going to lead it as part of the coalition deals.

Every month, the committee will provide the Knesset with a report. And within 90 days, the committee will provide policy alternatives to the current ban.

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