IDF: Mixed Gender Is High Priority

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The religious-Zionist orientated “Forum of Reserve Army Rabbis” have begged chareidi MKs to help them fight the Joint Service Order, a recent IDF document that calls for decreased gender separation even among religious soldiers.

The service order urges commanders to create as many mixed-gender groupings as possible and to prevent gender separation to the greatest possible extent. Service in mixed units and frameworks is to become compulsory for all officers and commanders including chareidim. Officers and commanders will be able to request a contrary recommendation from the military rabbinate but ultimate decisions will be vested with the army manpower corps.

The IDF will permit mixed-gender frameworks wherever no issur yichud or physical contact occurs and whether such issues exist will be determined not by the Shulchan Aruch, but by IDF commanders. Soldiers will be obliged to participate in all cultural activities such as female singing, visiting churches and mosques, or mixed-gender activities even if these activities conflict with their religious lifestyles unless they are exempted by their unit commander.

Religious girls will have no right to demand integration in separate-gender units. Furthermore, any separate-gender or chareidi groupings will only exist on the company level and not on the battalion level with the exception of the chareidi Netzach Yehuda Battalion. The integration of women will go full steam ahead even if deemed to harm operational efficiency.

Unlike regular and religious-Zionist soldiers, chareidi soldiers’ rights will be anchored by existing orders and not be included in the Joint Service Order discussed above. However, even in special frameworks set up for chareidi soldiers, the rules regarding their integration will apply as established by the head of the IDF manpower corps. Policies regarding them will be established in the spirit of the mixed-gender paradigm and according to changes required by circumstances.

The Forum of Reserve Army Rabbis noted that “Even chareidim who were a ‘protected species’ in the Shachar and Netzach Yehuda frameworks are bent to the ‘spirit’ of this order and changes will apply to them according to the decision of the head of manpower (and not the military rabbinate).”

“Even today, a chareidi soldier who wants to become an officer has to sign away his rights as a Shachar soldier,” the forum added.

According to sources, prominent religious-Zionist rabbinical leader Rav Chaim Drukman complained to Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett about the new IDF rules and failed to get an appropriate response. MKs Bezalel Smotrich and Eli Ben Dahan of Bayit Yehudi helped to a small extent. In desperation, the Forum of Reserve Army Rabbis turned to chareidi MKs Uri Maklev, Moshe Gafni and Yaakov Asher and received more help than they bargained for. But the battle has only begun.

{Matzav.com Israel News}

13 COMMENTS

  1. The red line has been crossed,the dati leumi have to wake up and choose-Torah and H’ OR the anti-religious,anti-Torah IDF.It’s time for all religious Jews to say we refuse to serve in an anti-Jewish IDF.

  2. IDF will lose its cutting edge by violating modesty & encouraging unwanted mingling. It will shun & lose its religious & dedicated fighting force.

  3. Get rid of the draft! BEN gurion said clearly that the army is to shape the youth – it’s a social engineering program. It would be better for the army and the country to get rid of the draft and have a professional army – they’re more motivated and are professional. IT’S gotten so bad that career soldiers have been fired to make room for new draftees bc they hav too many soldiers. SAD!

  4. Charedim all wake up & together help defeat this sentiment Kulturkampf
    “Perseverance, secret of all triumphs”

    Since some will claim ‘what does this have to do with us’ :

    First they came for the …, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a ..

    Then they came for the …, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a …

    Then they came for the … and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a ….

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak ..

  5. The upper echelons of the military are afraid that 40% of the middle officers are Dati Leumi. They see the Dati Leumi power growing, and the Charaidi is just starting to have some numbers in the IDF, albeit small right now. The uppers echelons want to get rid of them, physically and/or spiritually.

  6. Yes – the IDF – The Israel Defilement Force in which Ben Gurion stated is the forum in which to turn young adults from the people of the book to the people of the land – the melting pot meant to dissolve connection to Torah and mitzvos. Secular coercion at its best. Then, it order to “convert” chareidi youth to secularism, then spend many millions of shekels to set up a special center where yeshiva boys must come in order to get their deferment, rather than going to their local induction center in their city of residence. Why indeed? So that they can set up – as they did – a center for psychological warfare in which through many sly tactics, they try to seek out the weaker boys and entice or threaten them to enlist rather than get their deferment. So in a way, when the army shows its true face, although it’s terrible for those already in the Defilement Forces, maybe it will strengthen the resolve of yeshiva boys going through a down time to resist the attempts at enlisting them.

  7. Some proclaim it is a Mitzva to serve ,like in the days of Tanach

    Did any of the armies ( against the 7 nations,Sisera,Pilishtim,Amalek,etc.) have females in them?!?!

  8. shim’u li: the rabonim of the dati leumi have learned the same torah that the chareidim have learned. they are followers of the same mitvos. why is everyone so surprised? they are as concerned as we all are of the dangers of mixed gender troops, perhaps even more than the rest of us. we are one klal yisroel

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