Six incoming members of the 19th Knesset will have to give up their foreign
citizenship before they are sworn in as new MKs on February 5.
Knesset requires any citizen with dual citizenship to cancel his or her
additional nationalities before being sworn in. Knesset Secretary Yardena
Maller-Horowitz has already contacted incoming MKs to inform them of the
Two new MKs – Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid’s
Dov Lipman – will no longer be American citizens.
Though Bennett was born
in Israel, his parents immigrated to Israel from California and he lived in the
United States for several years.
Lipman, who made aliya from Maryland
eight years ago, told The Jerusalem Post last week that giving up his American
citizenship is one of the hardest things he has ever done and that he sees
himself as a voice for the Anglo community.
Another Yesh Atid MK, Karin
Elharar, will have to cancel her French citizenship. Elharar was born in Israel,
but her mother is French.
Yoni Chetboun of the Bayit Yehudi was also born
in Israel to French parents. He is not a citizen of France, but applied to be
one, and now plans to cancel his request.
Similarly, Bayit Yehudi’s
Avraham Wortzman used to have Brazilian citizenship, from his parents, but it
The Likud’s Moshe Feiglin has Australian citizenship, because of
his parents, but says he has no problem giving it up. Feiglin told Makor Rishon
on Friday that he has never been to Australia, and never plans to go there. He
also said that his wife is an American citizen, but that he intentionally did
not give his children foreign citizenship, in order not to give them a sense
that they have somewhere to live other than Israel.
In addition, two new
Labor MKs will have to give up foreign citizenship: Michal Biran from Lithuania
and Miki Rosenthal from Germany.
Yonah Jeremy Bob and Sam Sokol
contributed to this report.