Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has instructed not to invite Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef to IDF events and ceremonies over his support of comments against the army made by religious-Zionist Rabbi Shlomo Aviner and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu، he said Saturday.
Eliyahu and Aviner have been banned from army events as well until they take back their comments، the defense minister added.
Rabbin Aviner instructed religious-Zionist men not to enlist in the IDF if they're placed in a unit that includes women، while Rabbi Eliyahu called for the dismissal of IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot over what he calls a crisis in the army concerning the integration of women in more roles.
"I've instructed the army that not Israel's chief rabbi (Yosef)، Rabbi Aviner or Rabbi Eliyahu can take part in any event in the IDF،" Lieberman said during a visit to Ashdod to support businesses open on Shabbat. "It's unreasonable to attack the IDF، to speak against service، and then still participate in military events."
"Women have always been an integral part of the Jewish people's security، from Deborah the prophetess، to Sarah (Aaronsohn) of Nili (spy organization) and Hannah Szenes،" Lieberman stressed.
"This radicalization now is completely unreasonable، it has no place. Both the Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Rabbi of Safed، who are state employees، must represent the state's positions and not go against them،" he added.