Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger on Thursday said that there is a correlation between the safety of the IDF and the Jewish nation's adherence to the torah, Army Radio reported.
Speaking about the Tal Law, which allows haredim (ultra-orthodox) to indefinitely postpone IDF service, and which was struck down by the High Court of Justice earlier this year, Metzger said: "When synagogue attendance is lagging, as is the case on holiday evenings or prior to the Sabbath, more IDF soldiers are injured and killed."
Metzger added that "The more Jews that learn Torah, the stronger our military will be."
"Just as there is an Air Force and a navy, there must also be a God Force," Army Radio quoted him as saying.
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