Eli Yishai 311.
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Eli Yishai is a stupid man who should be fired from his position as
Interior Minister, the father of an IDF soldier killed in the Second
Lebanon War said on Wednesday, hours after Yishai said that the negative
results of the war were due to soldiers not being as religiously
observant as in wars past.
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"He's not worth responding to, but if
he was a smart man he would know that over half of the fallen soldiers
were from settlements or were religious and wouldn't say something like
this," said Yisrael Klauzner.
son Ohad served in the Golani Brigade's 51st Battalion. He was
20-years-old when he was killed in fighting in the south Lebanon village
of Bint Jbeil on July 26th, 2006.
Klauzner told The Jerusalem Post
that he and the parents of other fallen soldiers from the
Second Lebanon War are putting together a letter to send to Prime
Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in which they will demand that he remove
Yishai from his cabinet.
Klauzner said that while it isn't the point, his son Ohed did observe
Jewish mitzvot and studied in a religious school in the moshav of Beit
Horon outside Jerusalem, where he grew up.
Klauzner also called on the government not to resign the Tal Law, which
affords a draft deferral for yeshiva students, arguing that they should
be sent to fight in lieu of secular soldiers.
"If so many religious soldiers don’t go to the army and the secular
soldiers who go instead of them are the ones who die I say they
shouldn't go. Either they shouldn't enlist or the state should just
draft the religious and they can fight and ensure a victory."
Wednesday, Yishai issued an apology for his statements, in which he said
"I apologize to all of the bereaved families whose sons gave their
lives for the people and the land [of Israel]. The families of the
fallen are sacred to the people of Israel."
Eli Ben-Shem, Chairman of "Yad Labanim", the nationwide organization
that memorializes fallen soldiers and provides assistance to bereaved
families, said Wednesday that he was pleased that Yishai apologized for
his remarks which "are better not said by the leaders of our society,
its representatives, or religious leaders."
Ben-Shem added that at the military cemeteries across Israel "Druze,
Jews, Arabs, Circassians, Beduin, and Christians who fought side-by-side
and fell in battle together are buried next to one another. Death
doesn't distinguish between one type of blood or another or one level of
belief or another."