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IDF Chief of Staff to Religious Zionism rabbi: “We’ll evaluate joint service command”Yesterday, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot spoke with Rabbi Haim Druckman, one of the Religious Zionism movement’s prominent rabbis, promising that he will reevaluate the IDF’s joint service command that integrates women into combat positions. The conversation was mainly held in order to calm the tensions between the IDF and the Religious Zionism movement.
As a result of the rising tensions between the IDF and the Religious Zionism movement over the past few weeks, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot called one of the movement’s senior level rabbis, Rabbi Haim Druckman. During their phone conversation yesterday (Wednesday), Eizenkot promised Rabbi Druckman that he would reevaluate the IDF’s joint service command, which is based on equality and further integrates women into male combat units.
The phone call was held following several tense months between the IDF and the Religious Zionism movement over integrating women into combat positions. The last confrontation between the two sides occurred last week when Rabbi Eyal Karim, who is supposed to become the IDF Chief Rabbi, was forced to write a letter to the Supreme Court explaining his chauvinistic remarks.
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Senior level rabbis of the Religious Zionism movement met in Jerusalem two days ago following discussions regarding the joint male-female IDF service initiative and the push to allow women to serve as Armored Corps combat soldiers. The rabbis decided to request that Eizenkot halt the initiative, which they believe divides the IDF.
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