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Question 14.1:
Who is an Israeli and who may enter under her Law of Return?


Israelis are citizens of Israel. Jews may automatically become Israeli citizens under the terms of the Law of Return (as long as they have not renounced the Jewish faith), as may those associated with Jews, such as certain close family members. The Law of Return does not grant immediate citizenship to Jews who, sadly, practice other religions. In the case of people whose status as Jews is uncertain, Israel will still rescue them, especially if they risk being killed as a result of Jew-hatred.

There have been efforts to amend the law of Return to exclude from automatic citizenship people whose conversions to Judaism would be unacceptable by Orthodox halachic standards. While this might only affect tens of people, it is an extremely sensitive issue.

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