Israel will now allow non Jewish same-sex spouses to immigrate to Israel with their Jewish partners.
While same-sex marriage is not legal in Israel nor the Middle-East
The Interior Minister Gideon Saar publicised a directive to the immigration authorities to not differentiate between straight and gay married couples
Jews and non-Jewish relatives who move the Israel are able to obtain citizenship
In a few cases in recent years, Israel only naturalized non-Jewish same-sex spouses of Jews following threats of Supreme Court petitions.
This says Israeli immigration attorney Nicole Maor.
Israel does not permit gays to marry in the country.
However recognises same-sex marriages if performed legally abroad and able to immigrate to Israel
Therefore it’s generally tolerant toward gays.
Gays serve openly in Israel’s military and parliament.
The Israel’s Supreme Court grants gays family rights including inheritance and survivors’ benefits.
In February 2009, MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) introduced a civil marriage bill which included provisions for same-sex marriages.
The bill was rejected in May 2012 in a 39 to 11 vote, with 70 not attending.
In March 2010, the Knesset passed the Civil Union Law for Citizens with no Religious Affiliation.
The law allows couples to form a civil union in Israel if they are both registered as officially not belonging to any religion.
The couple, however, has to be an opposite-sex couple.
In October 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the law.
As a result By 2016, only 121 couples had entered into civil unions.
In June 2013, Hatnuah MKs, led by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, introduced a bill that would have provided for civil unions in Israel for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
In October 2013, Yesh Atid MKs, led by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, introduced a similar bill.
Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On introduced a civil marriage bill which included provisions for same-sex marriages.
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