My children we ordered back to Israel under the Hague Convention. Does that mean there is absolutely no hope of them relocating legally to me, their mother, to my 'home country'?

No! Even if the children have been returned to Israel under the Hague Convention, in child abduction proceedings, they have a legal right to file, independently, as separate legal personalities, to relocate overseas, in your custody, and you can also file for their relocation.

 

The court can grant a relocation order even though there were child abduction proceedings overeas , if it considers that this to be in  the children's best interests, after all the evidence in the Israeli relocation proceedings has been heard/considered and the summation stage completed . Clearly, to be successful, you will have to overcome the stigma of the 'abduction' and any court-appointed expert who recommends relocation will have to stand up well to cross examination in court.

 

Our legal practice has successfully represented mothers in relocation proceedings, after they returned to Israel with minor children, pursuant to Hague Orders.

Hague Convention Countries

The “Hague” countries that are bound by the Convention in relation to abductions to and from Israel are:

Andorra | Argentina | Australia | Austria | The Bahamas | Belarus | Belgium | Belize | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Brazil | Burkina Faso | Canada | Cayman Islands | Chile | China | (Hong Kong & Macau) | Colombia | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Ecuador | Estonia | Falkland Islands | Fiji | Finland | France | Gabon | Georgia | Germany | Greece | Honduras | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Japan | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Macedonia | Malta | Mauritius | Mexico | Monaco | Moldova | Morocco | Netherlands | New Zealand | Nicaragua | Norway | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | St Kitts and Nevis | Serbia and Montenegro  | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | Turkmenistan | United Kingdom | United States of America | Ukraine | Uruguay | Uzbekistan | Venezuela | Zimbabwe

New countries may join the Convention in the future so that it applies to abductions between them and Israel, if Israel accepts their accession.