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Are Foreign Inheritance Laws Applicable in Israel?

Foreign inheritance laws may apply, but not if they grant inheritance rights to those unrelated to the deceased by blood, marriage, or adoption.

If the foreign law of the deceased’s domicile or nationality refers to Israeli law, then the Inheritance Law shall apply in all matters determined by the foreign law; however, the Inheritance Law forbids the appliance of a foreign law if such law discriminates on the grounds of race, religion, gender or nationality. In addition, such foreign law is not applicable if it grants any legal inheritance rights (i.e., except by way of a last will) to inheritors who are not related to the deceased by blood, marriage, or adoption.