Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman declared on Saturday that banned a number of influential rabbis from engaging in Israel Defense Force events, following a string of controversial comments made regarding integration of female soldiers into the army.
Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Tzfas urged IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot to resign from his position amid the increased push for the integration of women in combat units. “The army has adopted a crazy feminist agenda,” he said reported the Times of Israel. “I don’t know what’s gotten into Eisenkot. Cabinet ministers and the prime minister should tell Eisenkot, ‘you have to go packing and go home, you have no motivation to enlist especially waging war on religious soldier’.”
“Women have always been part of the security of the Jewish people, from Deborah the prophet…to Hannah Szenes,” he said speaking at an event in Ashdod, making reference revolutionary historical female figures. “The present radicalization is completely unreasonable.”
Liberman added that there was “no place” for such remarks and that rabbis who are employed by the state of Israel, “must represent the state.”
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