A possible solution for the Israeli couples stranded in Thailand with their surrogate babies is being brokered.
A draft agreement has been submitted by one of the Israeli couples to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The agreement provides that the surrogate mother agrees for the child to be removed permanently from Thailand, to facilitate Israeli authorities providing a passport for the child.
However couples have reported confusion and miscommunication from the Israeli Government. Dotan Halbreich-Israeli is still stranded with his two sons in Thailand, while his partner Robbie is in Israel attempting to resolve the bureaucratic muddle. Mr Halbreich-Israeli said that “For the past few days, we have been receiving conflicting messages from the Interior Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Consulate in Thailand…The Foreign Ministry told us to go to the Consulate to get our passports. We called the consulate and they told us that they don’t know anything about the subject, and are waiting to receive instructions from the Interior Ministry”
A Foreign Ministry spokesman refuted the claim that the consulate was not responding to parents, stating that “the consulate is functioning as normal”.
On Tuesday this week, over 50 demonstrators gathered outside the home of Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar (pictured above).