Chief Air Force Rabbi Resigning
Rabbi Moshe Ravad asked commander Ido Nechushtan of the Air Force, Tuesday to finish his term as chief rabbi of the Air Force. The lieutenant colonel will stay in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) until retirement but will not have a command function due to his lack of confidence in the system, against the background of the IDF‘s attempt to harm religious and hareidi soldiers.
Rabbi Ravad resigned from the Shachar Kachol program for hareidi-religious soldiers last week because he felt that the IDF was trying to force hareidim to serve alongside women, despite promising them it would respect their religious beliefs and allow them to serve in male-only environments. Major General Nechushtan rejected a recommendation by Chief IDF Rabbi Rafi Peretz that Nechushtan fire Rabbi Ravad, adding that he was doing his job well. Rabbi Ravad rejected Peretz’s claim that Ravad was hurting hareidi recruitment, countering that the military establishment and the military rabbinate was at fault.