Hundreds of Israelis Decline Biometric ID Cards, as Program Gets Underway

Contentious national project will remain voluntary for two years as authorities examine its process; at completion of pilot program, it will be determined whether to make biometric ID mandatory for every Israeli citizen.

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About fifty percent of the hundreds of Israeli citizens who came to the Population Registry on Tuesday for a newly issued identity card or passport chose a regular document over a biometric card, TheMarker has...