Civil Marriage In Israel
More than 5% of Israelis cannot get married in the State. Among them non-Halachic Jews, illegitimate children, abandoned wives, etc. Civil marriage is an option Israel continues to ignore
Russian immigrants marry an informal marriage ceremony on Valentine's Dayon Dizengoff Square. The bride is not recognized in Israel as a Jew, so the couple can not marry in Israel officially. 04.08.2009. Photography: Miriam Alster, Flash 90
A study conducted by the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, Strategy/Argov Program for Leadership and Diplomacy found that the absence of civil marriage in Israel violates basic human rights of certain population groups, causing conflicts in the society.
The survey had shown that the Israeli public supports the institution of civil marriage in Israel,
the design of the marriage ceremony should be in the couple’s hands.
however, strong public pressure is needed in order to make this change in the current political situation. The paper proposes possible solutions such as civil marriage and divorce as an alternative to religious law.
The Israeli system ignores liberal legal arguments and continues allowing the religious institutions to be the only legal frame of marriage and divorce.
To read the entire paper on this issue, click here