READ THIS: How Israel Forced A Man In Thailand Whose Wife Was An Agunah To Give A Get

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An Israeli businessman who refused to give his wife a ‘get’, leaving her an agunah, traveled to Thailand and did not return for six years, fearing he would be arrested upon his return. After all efforts to compel him to give a ‘get’ failed, he was given two options: release the woman from being an agunah or your passport will be revoked and you will have to remain in Thailand; or come home to be arrested.

The man, who signed a divorce agreement, fled to Bangkok, Thailand before the actually giving of the ‘get’ to his wife. The sanctions levied against him did not persuade him to give the ‘get’ either. The revocation of his passport however did get his attention.

The last appearance was scheduled a few months ago, but the husband preferred not to show. Shluchim were sent by the Chief Rabbinate who spoke with him in Thailand, along with local rabbonim, once again trying to persuade him to give his wife a ‘get’. His bank account was frozen, and his driver’s license canceled, but even these measures did not break him, as he continued to refuse to give his wife a ‘get’.

Attorney Ilana Leibowitz, representing the agunah, asked to cancel any and all assistance he might receive from an Israeli consulate/embassy in any country. The Tel Aviv Rabbanut Beis Din accepted the request, ordering the Foreign Ministry to blacklist him in all countries until he gives his wife a ‘get’.

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The Foreign Ministry released a directive to all its embassies and consulates not to provide the husband with any services. The beis din then asked to have the Bangkok Embassy summon the man to come and to confiscate his passport upon arrival. The husband arrived a few days later asking to extend his stay in Thailand and it was then he realized he cannot receive any consular services. In addition, officials confiscated his passport and explained the possibilities offered to him; to remain in Thailand without any possibility of leaving, with the exception of flying home to Israel to be arrested, or to give a ‘get’ and release his wife from being an agunah.

The husband was informed he had 45 days to decide, at which time his passport would be returned to the Interior Ministry, and he would be stranded in Thailand. Alternatively, he could use the one-time travel pass to board a plane for Israel and be arrested upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport. The husband then agreed to give the ‘get’ and release his wife.

It is pointed out that he did not pay child support during the six-year period. Attorney Leibowitz praised the actions of the beis din, which finally compelled the husband to give a ‘get’.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


15 COMMENTS

  1. Enough with the click bate headlines. Just capture the story. No “read this:” or Reality check: or all your other sly journalism before the actual headline

  2. DavidtheKanoi, more interesting is to note your distance from understanding halakha.. the hutzpeh to call into questions the psak of a beit din. you do not have to marry the woman; in any case, she would prefer marrying a gorilla instead of you.

  3. The headline is misleading, they didnt FORCE him to give a get. Like everyone, he has the right to make his own decisions and to live with the consequences of that decision. Israel just let him know the consequences of his decision to withhold a get means being persona non grata in Israel. No different than putting a man in cherem. According to respected Rabbanim this does NOT make the get “M’Usah” , He had the option to continue withholding a get.

  4. 147, Your remark is inappropriate and alluding to disrespecting a Rav and talmud Chacham. I understand you disagree. We let Hashem judge.

  5. yeshiva world news failed to report what was the reason that the wife wants a get, meaning that if the wife wants a get for no reason, the husband is NOT forced to give her a get, and if he does, and she gets married to someone else and has children, THEY ARE MAMZEIRIM GEMURIM!!!

    by the way this is one of the many tainois satmar has against the rabonus haroshis

  6. @davidthekanoi- any get that is given no matter how much threatening is still considered a get museh.

    While I praise the beit din for getting the job done, I wish that it could have been done 5 years earlier