Israel bans iPad

The Apple iPad has been banned from entering Israel.

Israel’s Communications Ministry will not allow iPads to be released into Israel until the machine meets Israel’s Wi-Fi standard. The prohibition took effect Tuesday.

Until Monday, Israelis could enter Israel with an iPad as long as they paid the Value Added Tax. But Customs agents are stopping travelers now and confiscating the machines, which can cost up to $700. If the machine remains in Customs for more than 48 hours, the owner will have to pay for storage and any fines levied.

The Communications Ministry says the computer’s current settings will place a strain on the wireless Internet in Israel, Ynet reported.