Might I suggest (edit: much as you have) that a good correction to the question would be to frame it as a past condition? Like: "___ & ___ were once very disputed territories..." and the I/I could indicate that "As of this date, the West Bank situation has yet to be resolved."?
Then that would make the question really odd for now-- the areas are still being disputed (although they also were
as well, I guess), and saying something like this would be akin to saying 'The Walking Dead' was a popular TV show when its ratings are higher than they've ever been. It doesn't make sense to put it in the past tense in this way if it's in the present. This is why reworking a time-sensitive question is often difficult until you've had a few quizzes under your belt.
As for the Interesting Info there, that falls into a different trap-- time-stamping, which we also don't allow. Putting 'As of 2013 (or whatever date)' makes the question go extremely stale extremely fast as twenty years down the line, when the player takes the quiz, that date will be completely arbitrary and, in some cases (as have been seen in other quizzes), virtually irrelevant. And if something does
change (ie. You say 'As of 2008, 'Futurama' is still off the air.') you fall into the possibility of it becoming extremely tacky ('Futurama' actually came back a couple years later, making that date particularly stale.)
This isn't the type of amendment we want to encourage.
You'd need to rework the question a deal more than you have to avoid the issue entirely. (ie. 'Which two areas of Israel have a history of dispute involving blah blah blah?' or 'The West Bank has been disputed by the Israeli government in the past. Which of these regions in the Middle East shares a similar history of political strife?')