Jews must prove their ancestry to marry in Israel. via Sokolow’s niece ‘not Jewish enough’ to marry here – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

While it has always been difficult for non-Jews to marry Jews in Israel, it has now become virtually impossible for those new immigrants who are not already orthodox, to marry within Jewish law. Who cares, right?

Except that in Israel, there is no such thing as a civil wedding. Couples must marry within one of the religions recognized by the State. Israel does recognize foreign civil marriages, so Israelis who cannot or prefer not to marry in the Rabbinate usually go overseas for a quick courthouse wedding.