Rabbis of the Nachal Chareidi Foundation voiced their criticism Thursday after four soldiers of the Nachal Chareidi Brigade were jailed earlier in the day for calling to “eliminate the terrorists,” part of an online protest following the murder of three Israeli teens.
Two of the four posted a picture on Facebook of themselves standing behind a sheet of paper with a message that said “Bibi, let us eliminate the terrorists,” using the nickname for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. They were sentenced to ten days in jail, after the IDF on Wednesday threatened to use a “strong arm” punishing soldiers calling for revenge.
“There’s no argument that the act the soldiers did is unacceptable, but at such a sensitive time for chareidi IDF enlist, after the IDF published figures on the rapid decline in chareidi enlistment, and amid hundreds of soldiers who posted similar statuses – it’s not right to punish and publish specifically the chareidi soldiers,” said the rabbis in a statement.
Indeed, Rabbi Avraham Baron, former Chairman for 25 years of the Hesder Yeshivas Association which combines IDF service and Torah study, last week called on the Supreme Court to cancel the Enlistment Law, citing the IDF figures and saying “no chareidim are enlisting.”
In their statement, the Nachal Chareidi Foundation rabbis added that they “spoke about the incident with the soldiers and explained to them that it’s unacceptable. Along with that, we intend to continue discussing with the soldiers about it in the framework of Torah classes that we give them, and in the framework of private discussions.”
“However, we would expect from the IDF to exercise extra sensitivity with the chareidi soldiers. The Enlistment Law severely harmed the number of draftees and their morale. Taking additional drastic steps and publishing them – it may be the right act but it really is not beneficial,” noted the rabbis.
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