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Living in Israel is an open ticket against intermarriage. Above: MK Tzipi Hotovely and Or Alon at their wedding last year.

Three-quarters of Israeli Jews and nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs would not marry someone from a different religion, according to a Dialog poll conducted by Haaretz this week.

The survey found that opposition to interfaith relationships was highest among Haredi Jews, at 95 percent, while 88 percent of traditional and religious Jews and 64 percent of secular Jews also opposed inter-dating.

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Seventy-one percent of Muslim Israeli Arabs opposed interfaith relationships, but only half of Christian Israeli Arabs were opposed.

Across religious denominations, Israeli Jews would be much more opposed to their relatives marrying Arabs than they would be to relatives marrying non-Arab non-Jews. Only a third of secular Jewish Israelis would be opposed to a relative marrying an American or European Christian, but a majority would oppose a relative marrying an Arab. Seventy-two percent of Israeli Jews overall would be opposed to a relative marrying an Arab.

Last week, a small far-right group protested in Jaffa outside the wedding of an Israeli Arab and a Jewish-born Israeli who converted to Islam.

Intermarriage rage in Israel used to be minimal but has grown to approximately to five percent nationwide, and only 1 per cent of less in Judea and Samaria.

The primary cause for the rise increase is the large-scale immigration of Jews from the former Soviet bloc. Approximately 300,000 immigrated even though only the father was Jewish. A child is Jewish if his or her mother is Jewish, regardless of the religion of the father, according to Jewish law.

Not surprisingly, opposition to intermarriage was lowest among immigrants from the former Soviet Union. More than half would avoid having a relationship with a non-Jew, but if they were to fall in love with a non-Jew, only 35 percent would insist their spouse convert.

Two-thirds of Israeli Jews see intermarriage as a serious threat to Jews worldwide, and one-third see it as a serious threat to Jews in Israel.

The rate of intermarriage in the United States has shot up to more than 60 percent.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. Um, no they don’t and this is very ignorant. Nothing can take away my Jewish identity, and if anything, the love of my non-Jewish partner solidifies it and makes it even stronger and gives me MORE determination and anticipation to teach my children about their Jewish identities and history. Stop dividing us! It only hurts us and makes us look bad to others.

  2. If you delete the Orthodox from the equation, the intermarriage rate soars to 90% among reform Jew’s. Don’t ever give the reform Jew’s a say in Israeli society. They are a destructive force.

  3. Elena Rose foolish and dangerous statement. the ignorance is yours. Open your eyes and look and see that what hilter could not accomplish is being accomplished by Jews who intermarry…. diluting and destroying Jewish life …. while you may be doing a good job with your children many others are not. you ARE diluting rh gene pool. and are slowly finishing the job!

  4. Elena Rose foolish and dangerous statement. the ignorance is yours. Open your eyes and look and see that what hilter could not accomplish is being accomplished by Jews who intermarry…. diluting and destroying Jewish life …. while you may be doing a good job with your children many others are not. you ARE diluting rh gene pool. and are slowly finishing the job!

  5. Wow, you sound like a great human being. Thanks for that lovely insight. Me and my children will always be Jewish, no matter what. Especially no matter what you think, because what you said is absolutely ridiculous, hateful, ignorant, and prejudice.
    It’s exactly what divides our people, and that is exactly what we do NOT need more of.

  6. Wow, you sound like a great human being. Thanks for that lovely insight. Me and my children will always be Jewish, no matter what. Especially no matter what you think, because what you said is absolutely ridiculous, hateful, ignorant, and prejudice.
    It’s exactly what divides our people, and that is exactly what we do NOT need more of.

  7. Elena- you aren’t alone. I love and am proud of my Jewish Heritage. My husband is not Jewish but not only has no problem with our kids being raised Jewish, he is also supporting my desire for us to move to Israel. There will always be haters and that is a travesty.

  8. No, actually I’m an extremely happy, well-rounded person who loves life, nature, and all that the universe has to offer.

    And my soul is highly active and intact, and stirs every second I’m alive, thanks. 🙂

  9. The Jewish people are racially mixed already, if you think,k genes are what make you Jewish then your mistaken. Also, the command to not take daughters of Israel’s neighbors for wives was a religious decision, because they served other God’s. Abraham was a Chaldean of ur, which is modern day northern Iraq.

  10. I also strongly oppose intermarriage. A Jew should only marry a Jew. Unless the non-Jewish spouse were to convert to Judaism. I know from personal experience the difficulties of marrying someone who wasn’t an observant Jew. Though my husband was born Jewish and had a Bar Mitzva he may as well have been a non-Jew since he not observant.

  11. Don’t be that harsh towards fellow Jews. Firstly, you can be a good Jew and sustain Eretz Yisrael even that you are not observant to the religion. Second, the problem arises seriously when the item is marrying an Israeli Muslim, and here I am just as staunchly as the orthodox. Why? Because the Muslim intent could be to overtake the land by inter-marrying.

  12. Just a comment on the comments: It is all too apparent here that the most dogmatic and dismissive of others’ learning, education and subsequent beliefs a person is, the more truly ignorant he/she is!! It’s a shame those types insist on exposing that ignorance and parading it for all to see!!

  13. It’s a shame to see all these dogmatic, extreme, ignorant Jewish atheists, proud of their violation of God’s Torah. What a way to repay God for redeeming them from slavery in Egypt.

  14. Foreign g-ds, foreign brides…all forbidden to us…! Pay attention to the light from our past and the Torah…pay attention and follow the path directed therein.

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