Yesh Din Group Tells Barak: Fire IDF Chief Rabbi
(IsraelNN.com) The Yesh Din group has called on Defense Minister Ehud Barak to fire IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky for alleged "incitement." The group said Ronsky had distributed packages to soldiers on their way into Gaza during Operation Cast Lead that it claimed contained "shameful mesages bordering on racist incitement against the Palestinian people, as well as messages that can be interpreted as license to operate outside the bounds of international law."
The IDF Chief Rabbi, who came to the Gaza front lines in full battle gear to bless Israel's soldiers moments before they entered battle, had himself served as a former commander in an elite combat unit, and had fought in the Yom Kippur War. He distributed religious material connected with the Jewish view of how one conducts battle with the enemy.
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