While the Plesner Committee convenes to decide on the character of the new Tal Law to draft chareidim, insisting the IDF can and does accommodate torah observant Jews, the IDF has announced it is proud to also be home to those embracing Toeiva, offically recognizing to’eva in the military.
A photo of the backs of two male soldiers walking away from camera holding hands has been splashed around to give credibility to IDF statements of support for gays. The photo has the caption “It’s Pride Month. Do you know the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally” was also posted on the military’s international Facebook page.
While the military sees a need to bend over backwards sending the message of acceptability for to’eva, it remains steadfast in its unwillingness to permit a frum soldier to respectfully walk out during a kol isha performance, yet insisting it will compel chareidim to serve since the military can and does accommodate shomer shabbos soldiers and officers.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office confirms the two soldiers featured in the photo were aware it was being taken and consented to it being used to during to’eva pride month.
Sadly, the Facebook photo enjoyed many likes, over 6,500, and hundreds of visitors left comments praising the military’s position as a “liberal and progressive IDF”.
A Foreign Ministry statement called the positive response “heartwarming”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)