Under Israeli law  both biological parents have parental responsibility as  “natural guardians” of their minor children without any distinction between married or unmarried parents .They are required to act in agreement when making decisions and exercising their  guardianship-rights and if  they cannot agree, then the court has jurisdiction to decide the matter. The child’s best interests are the sole and overriding, consideration for the court.

These principles apply to any question of taking the child out of the country, whether this is for a short period, i.e. temporarily, such as for a holiday, or whether it is intended to be permanent, i.e. a change of the child’s place of residence. The power of a parent to give or refuse agreement to his child being taken out of the country is a specific result of the power “to determine his place of residence”, within guardianship.

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