By KTA News Team |

The Israeli Knesset has approved the extension of the Citizenship Law’s validity for another year.

The law prohibits the Interior Minister from granting citizenship, residence permits, or permits to enter or stay in Israel to citizens of enemy countries, such as Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, with exceptions for humanitarian reasons.

The state claims that the law was enacted for security reasons.

A joint committee of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and Interior Committee recommended extending the validity of the law last week, after accepting the views of professional bodies, particularly members of the Israel Security Agency. The law sets a maximum quota of 58 permits that will be granted to applicants for legal status for humanitarian reasons.

In December, the Supreme Court requested that the state clarify its position on easing restrictions and increasing the annual quota of permits for applicants for legal status for humanitarian reasons.