Rosh Yeshivat Hesder Mitzpei Ramon HaRav Tzvi Kustiner has been ousted from the IDF reserves in response to his recent statements against women combatants in the IDF, Yisrael Hayom reports.
Rav Kustiner in recent weeks spoke on the subject, stating “A Jewish army is one without women”.
The rav during the past 25 years has been giving courses for the IDF Rabbinate in the capacity as a reservist. In fact, he has been standing at the helm of a course to certify Chief Rabbinate personnel since its inception, about a decade ago. The rav volunteers for six weeks annually.
However, according to the report, this has come to an end. “It is inconceivable that a rabbi would have to be afraid to express his Torah position because they might decide to remove him from his position. This feeling has been gaining strength lately is that there is an attempt to shut the rabbonim out of the army, and to terrorize them so that they will be in line with the liberal agenda”, persons close to the rabbi are quoted saying.
The persons close to the rav also attack Education Minister Naftali Bennet, adding “As the list of rabbonim being removed continues to grow, now including Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, HaRav Shmuel Eliyahu, Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, Rabbi Aviner, and now, Rabbi Kustiner; the very same rabbonim who send their talmidim in the thousands and strengthen the fighting spirit of the soldiers for many years, the Minister of Education should also wake up and begin defending the rights of these rabbonim, to continue to express the Torah’s position without fear of dismissal and silencing of mouths, as should be the case in a civilized and Jewish state. ”
The IDF spokesman explains Rabbi Kustiner will be permitted to remain in the IDF Rabbinate but he will serve as a rabbi in the course.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)