Three MKs Must Annul Foreign Passports

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Three members of Knesset (MKs) will have to relinquish their dual citizenship to serve in the Israeli parliament.

Israeli law disallows a member of Knesset from holding dual citizenship. The law states that such an individual "will not take the oath of loyalty until he has done everything he can to relinquish" citizenship in another country.

The Central Elections Committee notified MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima, who also holds Danish citizenship), MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz, a Polish citizen), and MK Anastasia Michaeli (Yisrael Beitenu, who immigrated to Israel from Russia).

All three MKs agreed to relinquish their foreign passports as soon as possible, though it may not be before next Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony.

Horowitz, a former foreign news editor for Israel's Channel 10 who acquired his Polish citizenship through his father, said he used the foreign passport to enter countries that aren't particularly friendly to Israel, citing the time he went to Indonesia to make a documentary film about the tsumani.

Plesner, who also inherited his citizenship from his Danish father, said his foreign passport provided some "freedoms to conduct business."

The most colorful of the three prospective MKs is Michaeli, a former winner of the Miss St. Petersburg beauty pageant, who converted to Judaism, married an Israeli and immigrated to Israel in 1997.

Michaeli said annulling her Russian citizenship was a complicated procedure.

"There's so much bureaucracy and so many documents are needed," she said.

Source: Haaretz

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