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Israel Cabinet Member Says He Intends to Maintain Dual Citizenship

Religious Affairs Minister Rabbi Yaacov Toledano said today that he intends to maintain his dual citizenship unless forced by law to give up his French citizenship. Rabbi Toledano’s French citizenship was brought to light during testimony by one of his aides in a recent hearing before the High Court on the validity of the Chief Rabbinate elections nomination board.

The 72-year-old rabbi, who recently married a divorcee in her twenties, said that the Israel citizenship law permitting dual nationality, makes no exception for Cabinet Ministers, He said he had instructed his attorney to investigate whether any other law forbids a member of the Cabinet from holding dual citizenship and if the lawyer finds no legal obstacle, Rabbi Toledano said he intended to maintain French citizenship.