Quote Originally Posted by NattyBaller View Post
Anyone who is Jewish is eligible for Israeli citizenship, but my understanding is that those not born Israeli have to perform Aliyah in order to collect an actual passport and become a registered Israeli citizen. If the WBC rule is changed to require players actually having Israeli citizenship then interested players would have to go through the motions of getting it to play for Israel.
And it's not an easy process always. Friends of ours are trying to move to Israel and there have been several roadblocks due to conversion documents, etc. It's been a months-long process for them.

From what Corey Baker said about pitching for Team Israel, he only had to find a picture from his bar mitzvah and that was enough evidence. A far different standard to play for the Israeli team in the WBC compared to applying for Israeli citizenship.