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Israel lifts iPad ban

Apple's new device is allowed back into the country after the Communications Ministry ruled the tablet does comply with local standards.

Earlier this month customs officials banned anyone, even tourists, from bringing Apple's new iPad into the country. The concerns were about the wireless signals and how they could interfere with other devices.

Now, two weeks after the ban, Israel will allow the iPad back into the country.

"Following the completion of intensive technical scrutiny, Israel Minister of Communications Moshe Kakhlon approved the import of (the) iPad to Israel," the Communications Ministry said in a statement (via Reuters).

The ministry’s technical team consulted with Apple and determined the iPad could be operated in Israel according to local standards. "Accordingly, the import of a single device per person will be permitted commencing Sunday, April 25th," the ministry added.

20 iPads, which had been confiscated during the ban, would be returned to their owners.

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