The Israel gambling law (Israeli Penal Law 5737 - 1977) does not specifically state the legality of online gambling since it was not available at the time the law was implemented; however, the ban on online gambling is enforced based on this law. Israel allows some forms of gambling but not all forms are allowed or considered legal. Legal gaming is highly regulated by the government. Israel serves as a gaming jurisdiction but casinos licensed seldom accept players from within the country.
The national lottery, Mifal Hapayis, operates an online lottery in Israel that was started in 2006. The site was developed by Intralot SA and contains five lotto games. The site can be viewed in Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, and English.
The Israel Sports Betting Board also offers daily sports betting on mainly soccer and basketball matches through its betting website, Winner.
In 2010, Israeli police ordered all Internet providers to shut down access to all foreign gambling websites. The shutdown was based on a clause in Israeli law that allows the police to “shut down a site upon suspicion that gambling is taking place.” The police also issued letters to credit card companies informing them their interactions with online gambling companies and the provision of clearing services for the collection of payments by credit cards to be criminal offenses.
In 2012, the Israeli court ruled that police cannot instruct Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block such domains, citing the reason as Israelis’ restriction to the freedom of access to information.
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