Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit informed the country’s High Court of Justice today that he will work to streamline the process of obtaining citizenship for the foreign partners of Israelis who live a toeivah lifestyle in order to bring that process in line with the experience of toeivah couples.
“This is a huge victory,” said Udi Ledergor, chairman of the Israeli [Toeivah] Dads Association, which filed a petition before the High Court on the issue. “The old procedure struck a fatal blow to the possibility of [same-gender] couples from becoming parents and giving their children the status they deserve. We decided to attack all the main discriminatory elements, one of which is the absence of naturalization possibilities for foreign spouses.”
The petition submitted to the High Court pointed out that it is more difficult for toeivah Israelis who marry foreign men or women to apply for citizenship than it is for straight Israelis who marry foreigners.
According to the current law, the process for acquiring full citizenship for traditional couples takes four years, while the process for naturalization for toeivah “couples” is seven years, with most toeivah partners only receiving permanent resident status rather than full citizenship. Additionally, for the rare cases in which foreign toeivah partners do receive citizenship, they are required to forfeit their foreign citizenship. JNS.ORG