(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Sunday), 2 September 2007, in consultation with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Justice Minister Prof. Daniel Friedmann and Interior Minister Meir Shetrit – has decided to resume consular marriages for Israeli residents provided that at least one of them has foreign nationality. The decision, which recognizes marriages performed at foreign consulates, will apply when neither partner belongs to a recognized religious community in Israel, and one or both of them are nationals of the country of the consulate in question.

Consular marriages were customary during the British Mandate. A 1995 decision disallowed such marriages for Israeli citizens. Today’s decision provides for the resumption of such marriages and thus expands the right of marriage in Israel.