Several senior national-religious rabbis have criticized the IDF for its handling of an incident in which religious soldiers from the hesder yeshiva program، while in basic training with the Paratroop Brigade، turned their backs this week on a female army instructor leading an exercise، AS THE Jerusalem Post said.
A platoon of religious soldiers was supposed to have a male instructor give the course، but they received a female instructor instead.
In contrast to earlier reports، the soldiers did not refuse to look at her initially. However، after one soldier asked to not look directly at the instructor، the platoon commander said they were able to stand in line looking away from the female instructor on the grounds of modesty. Several soldiers took the commander’s comments as an order.
A number of politicians initially slammed the incident، saying the new soldiers had “rebelled” against IDF regulations. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit issued a critical statement saying if they did not adhere to army protocol، they would be expelled from the course.
Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter that the soldiers who had lined up and turned away should be expelled.