The Religious Services Ministry, which has oversight for marriage in Israel, issued a statement on Monday claiming that statistics released on the same day disproved the claims of marriage reform advocates, such as the national-religious Tzohar organization, that significant numbers of Jewish couples are getting civil marriages abroad instead of marrying according to Jewish law.

The Central Bureau of Statistics figures showed that 9,262 marriages that took place abroad were reported to the Interior Ministry in 2010.

Some 1,533 of those marriages were of couples in which both spouses were Jewish. 797 of those couples, totaling 52 percent of the marriages, were conducted in Cyprus or the Czech Republic, representing 2.2% of the total number of Jewish marriages conducted in 2010.

Please LIKE our Facebook page - it makes us stronger