The Knesset Committee on Constitution, Law and Justice passed the second and third readings of a bill submitted by MK Yariv Levin (Likud) with other MK's that would raise the marriage age from 17 to 18 years old.
According to the existing law, a person may legally marry at 17 years old. However, the courts may authorize minors who are younger to marry, and there is, essentially, no minimum age limit. Marriage between minors without court sanction can be criminally prosecuted, and is punishable by up to two years imprisonment.
The new bill would still permit the courts to give a special dispensation for youngsters under 18 to marry, but both male and female would have to at least meet the age criterion of 16 years old.