IDF manpower chief raps letter by top army rabbi

Senior officer had advised army rabbis to refrain from answering questions from soldiers on settlement outpost-related mutiny.

February 15, 2010 23:47

insubordination. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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The IDF's OC Manpower Maj- Gen. Avi Zamir condemned on Monday a letter from a senior officer in the Military Rabbinate that advised army rabbis to refrain from answering questions from soldiers on settlement outpost-related mutiny.

In recent days, Lt.-Col. Rabbi Tzaduk Ben-Artzi, head of Jewish Awareness in the Military Rabbinate, dispatched a letter calling on army rabbis to respond to soldiers who ask whether they should refuse orders to clear settlement outposts by saying, "We do not comment on this issue."

During a meeting with outgoing IDF Chief Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Avichai Ronsky, Zamir said the contents of the letter "represent a failure of values, and are completely incompatible with the IDF spirit."

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Ronsky said in response that he accepted Zamir's position, and that he "would continue to deal with issue." He pledged to update Zamir on the steps taken.

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