According to local media reports, a couple used emojis that conveyed "great optimism" in a text message sent to homeowner Yaniv Dahan in response to an ad he had posted online.
Mr Dahan alleges that the couple's use of emojis led him to believe they wanted to rent his property.
Here is the text message that was sent to the landlord:
According to an Israeli blogger, the message, originally in Hebrew, reads: "Good morning (emoji) Interested in the house (emojis) Just need to discuss the details... When's a good time for you?"
Mr Dahan exchanged a series of messages with the couple over the course of a few days. Believing an agreement was in the works, Mr Dahan removed his property listing from the online classifieds site.
But then the couple went incommunicado.
The judge agreed, in part because of the emojis used.
"The (emoji-laden) text message sent by Defendant 2 on June 5, 2016...included a smiley, a bottle of champagne, dancing figures and more. These icons convey great optimism," said the judge in his ruling.
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