Understanding International Debt Collection in Israel

By: Adv. Eli Shimony

International debt collection can be a complex process, and navigating the legal requirements and cultural norms of different countries can be challenging. This is doubly true for Israel. This is because Israel is a country with a unique legal system that may impact the way international debt collection works. Given this, you may be struggling to understand how international debt collection works. To help you out, we will be exploring the process of international debt collection in Israel.

Legal Framework

The legal framework for international debt collection in Israel is primarily governed by the Israeli Civil Procedure Law. The law sets out the rules and procedures for debt collection in Israel and provides a legal framework for enforcing foreign judgments in Israel.

Under Israeli law, foreign judgments can be enforced in Israel by filing a lawsuit in an Israeli court. However, the process can be lengthy and costly, and there is no guarantee of success. In some cases, it may be more practical to reach a settlement with the debtor outside of court.

Debt Collection Process

International debt collection is a complex process, but it is possible to collect money from Israeli debtors who have refused to pay. Here are some of the options available to creditors:

Send a Warning Letter: This is a common first step in the debt collection process. The letter should inform the debtor of the debt and the consequences of non-payment.

File a Lawsuit: If the warning letter does not produce results, the creditor may file a lawsuit in an Israeli court. The creditor must prove that the debt is valid and that the debtor is liable to pay it.

Apply for Mediation or Arbitration: These are alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes that can be used to resolve debt disputes. Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party helps the parties reach an agreement. Arbitration is a process in which a neutral third party hears the evidence and makes a decision that is binding on the parties.

Apply for a Writ of Execution: If the creditor wins a lawsuit, they can apply for a writ of execution. This is an order from the court that allows the creditor to collect the debt by seizing the debtor’s assets.

Enforce a Foreign Judgment: If the debtor is located in Israel but the debt was incurred in another country, the creditor may be able to enforce a foreign judgment in an Israeli court. The creditor must prove that the foreign judgment is valid and that it meets the requirements of Israeli law.

It is important to note that the process of collecting international debt can be time-consuming and expensive. It is important to consult with an attorney who specializes in international debt collection to discuss the best options for your specific situation.


By understanding the legal framework and process, you can take a more proactive approach to international debt collection and protect your financial interests. Be sure to keep everything you’ve learned here in mind so that you can navigate this issue of international debt collection efficiently and effectively.

If you need help with debt collection, then you’ve come to the right place. At Eli Shimony, we offer open, transparent consulting to our clients and close legal counseling and litigation in Israel. Our work is centered on accomplishing outcomes and building enduring connections with our clients and the community stakeholders we serve. Contact us if you need to speak with an Israeli law firm!

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The above is only general information and does not replace legal advice which is usually necessary before taking legal proceedings.


Adv. Eli Shimony

Attorney Eli Shimony holds a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) and a master's degree in business administration (MBA), brings a broad legal knowledge in his areas of expertise. In addition, attorney Shimony holds a wide range of professional certifications in the fields of civil law, banking, compliance, intellectual property, corporate law and more... Attorney Shimony's main areas of practice: Civil and Commercial Litigation, Class actions, Mediation and Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Companies, Real estate, Wills and Inheritances, Monetary claims, Crypto Currencies, Banking, Compliance and Investments.

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