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The Knesset

The Israeli Knesset Interior Committee is slated to hold an extensive discussion this coming Tuesday on the possibility of legally recognizing foreign civil marriages performed via Zoom.

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Coalition lawmakers from the Labor, Meretz and Blue & White parties are reportedly behind the initiative which seeks to amend the current laws on marriage, according to a tweet by Israeli journalist Kobi Bornshtein.

The Yisrael Beytenu party led by Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman has in the past strongly advocated for the legalization of civil marriage in Israel, where such an option does not yet exist.

If the effort succeeds, a civil marriage performed abroad via Zoom software over the internet would be recognized by the State of Israel as a legal marriage, with all applicable benefits and obligations.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.