The chief IDF rabbi said he would prevent extremist religious behavior from affecting the role of women in the armed forces, Army Radio reported Friday.
"The same oversight that occurred in Beit Shemesh will not occur in the IDF," Brig.-Gen. and IDF rabbi Rafi Peretz wrote to IDF officials, referring to the recent series of extremist religious assaults and verbal attacks against women in the flashpoint town near Jerusalem.
The IDF rabbi said he would not tolerate a particular interpretation of Jewish law impact the social environment of the IDF.
"The spirit of Jewish law does not allow discrimination or violation of women in any circumstance and on any grounds," Peretz wrote. "I cannot stand idly by in the face of such serious affronts."