Rightists: Postpone Yeshiva Enlistment to IDF


idf-soldier1Following Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s decision to remove the Har Bracha yeshiva from the arrangement with the IDF, right-wing activists are planning to form teams to visit yeshivos across the country and urge students to cancel the arrangement and put off their enlistment to the military.

The initiative is backed by dominant right-wingers, including Baruch Marzel, who told Ynet, “It needs to be understood that the military has much more to lose than the hesder yeshivas. There is a huge lack of manpower and motivated fighters are an obvious need of the IDF.”

“(Prime Minister Netanyahu) and (Defense Minister Ehud Barak) are leading the military to its collapse and they will be held responsible.”

In the first stage of the initiative, yeshiva students will not be called to permanently sever their ties with the military, but only to freeze the situation, and postpone the recruitment of two classes.

Head of the Kiryat Arba hesder yeshiva Rav Eliezer Waldman said, “We are all Har Bracha, we will not let Har Bracha be removed from the arrangement.”

Rav Shmuel Eliyahu of Tzefas called an urgent session of the Chief Rabbinate Council to mobilize rabbonim across the country against Barak’s intention to interfere with the yeshiva’s independence.

According to Rav Eliyahu: “The greatest sages of Israel and the ages have given their soul in order for us to maintain the freedom of the judges to rule according to halacha and we expect the Chief Rabbinate to calls all rabbis, without any distinction, to stand at the front line against the defense minister’s plans.”

Military sources in the GOC Central Command and Personnel Directorate welcomed Barak’s decision on Sunday to remove the Har Bracha hesder yeshiva from its arrangement with the IDF, over its support of insubordination among soldiers.

A senior officer told Ynet that the decision clarifies that a soldier “has only one commander and that is not his rabbi. This military doesn’t pick its missions and any mission might seem inappropriate for this sector or another. We cannot abide a situation where some hesder soldier hoist banners, declare they will refuse orders or take any other action to undermine the institution that is the IDF.”

{Ynet/Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. It’s not the beginning, but it is a nice boost. Let’s hope Moshiach comes right now and cleans this mess up. It’s too big for the people who created it to deal with.