(photo credit: Nisim Lev)
The incoming head of the National Security Council, Maj.- Gen. (res.) Ya’acov
Amidror, spoke out harshly on Tuesday against rabbis who encourage military
insubordination, which he called an existential danger to the State of
Speaking at a panel on “the limits of obedience of the religious
public” at the Jerusalem Conference, Amidror said that as a national security
expert, he had determined that refusing orders, such as those to evacuate Jews
from their homes, posed a far greater danger to Israel than the Gaza
disengagement, to which he had vehemently objected.
“I thought the
disengagement was irresponsible from every possible aspect, and did my utmost to
convince Likud members to oppose it,” he said.
“At the same time, when
the rabbis called to refuse orders, I went to one military unit after another to
explain why there was one thing worse than the unilateral withdrawal, and that
was if there were levels of military insubordination that would prevent
completing the [withdrawal],” he explained.
“If someone is sick, it is
not the rabbi who determines what he can eat on Yom Kippur, and a rabbi would
encourage such a person to follow the doctor’s orders,” Amidror
“The danger that refusing orders poses is to Israel’s national
security, and there is no room here for rabbinic considerations – rabbis don’t
know about national security, and their pretentiousness to understand it is like
their pretentiousness to understand medicine.
“The rabbis must understand
that a sovereign country can make decisions,” he stated. “If we heed those
rabbis, we will damage Israel’s national security...and bring down the
State of Israel.”