The cabinet of the Israeli Ministerial Council decided, Sunday, to extend the ban on family reunification for Palestinians married to Israelis for an additional six months. The law does not apply to family reunification for Israeli Jews and Arabs married to citizens of of other countries, excluding Arab states.

It states that Palestinians married to Israeli spouses will not be granted residency, and the Arab/Palestinian spouses will not be allowed to live in Jerusalem or Israel.

The cabinet even asked Israel’s Justice Minister, Yacov Ni’man, to conclude the preparations for certain parts of the immigration law as soon as possible so that there won’t be “loopholes” that would allow family reunification for Arabs and Palestinians.

The cabinet claims that this issue is directly related to Israel’s long-term national and security interests.