Noam Huppert, 44, is barred from leaving the country until December 31 in the year 9999 unless he forks out more than $3million in future child support payments.
It means the Australian dad has effectively been slapped with an 8,000-year prison sentence.
He moved to Israel in 2012 to be nearer to his two young children after his ex-wife returned to the country and filed a divorce case against him in an Israeli court, news.com.au reports.
In 2013, the court issued a so-called “stay-of-exit” order against Huppert.
It bans him from leaving the country even for holiday or work until he pays “future debt” for the child maintenance of his two kids – until they turn 18.
Huppert said: “Since 2013, I am locked in Israel.”
He claimed he is one of many foreign nationals who have been “persecuted by the Israeli ‘justice’ system only because they were married to Israeli women”.
“I am one of them,” he said.
It’s not clear why the court order is in place for nearly 8,000 years – but it’s thought December 31, 9999 is the highest number that fits the date field.
Huppert, an analytical chemist for a pharmaceutical company, wants to share his story “to help other Australians who may suffer this literally life-threatening experience”.