Preserving the sperm of Jewish soldiers for the survival of the Israeli offspring

Occupation authorities are studying legislation for a law that will be the first in the world, which includes the preservation of soldiers’ sperm from Jewish citizens. in so that the Israeli offspring remain hereditary; In light of worrying indicators pointing to a decline in the fertility rates of Jews relative to Palestinians.The law is in discussion within military and welfare institutions, to study comments submitted by disbanded members of the Knesset, in view of its new presentation at the next round of the Knesset elections in program in November 2022, after it failed to pass, in light of the collapse of the ruling coalition, and the lack of approval.The law was at 50% + 1 in first reading, when 52 deputies voted in favor of the law, out of 120 deputies which is the total number of seats in the Knesset.

In March 2022, Israel witnessed a state of controversy and broad debate after Likud lawmakers May Golan and New Hope’s Zvika Hauser tabled a bill before Parliament’s legislative committee called the “Continuity Law,” which includes conducting an experiment to preserve soldiers’ semen The Occupation Army, provided that the person concerned gives written permission to use his sperm in if he died 72 hours before his death, or if he is exposed to permanent disability that could prevent or hinder his pregnancy. According to the new bill, the seed laboratories deployed in Israel will keep 10 sperm samples for every soldier in the army, to increase the chances of retaining samples in able to fertilize.These samples will be kept in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of 169 degrees below zerowhich guarantees its survival forever.Zvika Hauser justified the bill that the state has a moral obligation to pass this law, saying: We send our best children in army units to defend the homeland and we do not guarantee that they will return safe and sound from the many round I am engaged, so we try to form descendants for the deceased and maintain their continuity through the use of his sperm, subject to the deceased’s consent, and subject to the requests of his wife if she was married, or the consent of his parents if they wished to see the offspring of their son who died and did not complete his life.

He added that this law will displace the Jewish state in a different point from the world, and we try to include civilian men, but the beginning will be with the armed forces; As they are the youngest group between 18 and 22, and they are the group most likely to be exposed to accidents such as killings and injuries, so these young people have the right to choose whether they want to leave children after their death, which it will depend on their prior approval.

As for Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who represents the second pole of the Yamina party, he supported the bill and believed that the bureaucracy pursued by the state and the institution of the army in preserving soldiers’ sperm will negatively affect the future. of the state. he loses many soldiers in regular duties each year, and this is considered a release from the state of his moral responsibility to the IDF soldiers.

Described by Lieutenant Colonel Irit Oren Gonders, president of the “Light. Association” for Families “, which concerns the care of the families of dead soldiers, the revolutionary bill, after years of hard work we will see the light in dark tunnel end in which there are parents in mourners who have already lost all hope of becoming grandparents, and of embracing their grandson with all the warmth, after death they hindered their children.

In contrast, Gil Siegel, head of the Unit of Law, Ethics and Health Policy at the Israeli University of Ono, says that the interest of the child is that a child is born to parents and is not born an orphan. grandparents.

According to the Bloomberg agency, the transfer of sperm into the womb of mothers after death is a prohibited procedure in developed countries such as Germany, Italy and Sweden, while in the United States of America the law prohibits tale activities, with the exception of some states that they allow the transfer of sperm exclusively to the deceased’s wife, who has proof that the deceased husband had agreed to have children after his death in this way.

Contradictions in judicial decisions

In 2017, a widow accepted her deceased husband’s parents’ desire to bring his sperm and have children with him after his departure, but she retired after getting married and giving birth to her new husband, and the widow has started a legal dispute to prevent parents from using her deceased husband’s sperm to have children from another mother, and the court won in her opinion.

This contradiction in judicial decisions on the use of sperm after death for procreation reflects the state of controversy that Israel is experiencing, to pass a law that will be the first in the world to allow the rental of sperm and its use after death.

A number of organizations in Israel supports the approval of this legislation; Recalling the President of the Luce Association for Family that some 1,500 families of the military meet every year within the organization to support this law, and the organization has a comprehensive guide for approximately 182 women who want to be mothers of the sperm of murdered soldiers in a sign of appreciation for them, but what prevents them is the failure of the state to pass legislation allowing the transfer of sperm after death.

There are 17 sperm banks in Israel, according to the Israeli Ministry of Health, whose role is to save donor sperm and fertilize women in need after obtaining the approval of the person concerned while it is in life.

The goals of these banks also include maintaining workers’ fertility in areas that can expose them to chemical or radiological rays, in order to preserve their fertility and the continuation of their offspring.