Hachrazah 5768 Adar II 19
The Sanhedrin, being the authorized institution to decide in military matters, issues definitive moral guidance on this matter and addresses the current administration's defense policy. This declaration asks the question, how can our soldiers defend our borders when they do not defend their own personal borders?
Informal translation from Hebrew of the 19 Adar II, 5768 (26 March 2008) statement:
Demand for the cancellation of service of women in the army
The Israel Defense Forces, after the deportation [of Jews from Gaza] and its fiascoes in the battlefield, and in consequence of the increasing threats against existence of the nation and its military - must rehabilitate at its most fundamental level.
An essential break-down that sabotages the very mission of the army is its capitulation to demands of a purely political-ideological nature: to demand that the army have at its base mixed gender units, as if there were no distinction between men and women.
For all appearances, it seems that there is a connection between the lack of distinction of [sexual] boundaries and the absence of distinction between friend and wartime enemy. Both typify the army of "post-Zionism" that sees in distinction-diversity – racism.
There is no place for mixed gender units in the army of Israel.
There is no place for flexibility or any kind of compromise to draft men into units where women are stationed.
Neither the rabbinical authorities nor parents will send their children to an army in which units designed from the beginning to have men and women sleeping in the same unit.
"For the L-rd, thy G-d walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy; that He see no unseemly thing in thee, and turn away from thee." (Deuteronomy 23:19)
This ruling in the news
- Sanhedrin demands expulsion of women from military Self-appointed Supreme Judicial Court of the Jewish People says that by integrating women into army units, IDF is surrendering to 'political and ideological demands' (03.28.08) (YNet)
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- "אין מקום ליחידות מעורבות בצבא" רבני הסנהדרין הוציאו החלטה ולפיה יחידות מעורבות ושיוויוניות של גברים עם נשים הן תקלה מהותית שחיבלה בייעוד הצבא, וקוראים שלא לשלוח חיילים ליחידות שכאלו (27/03/2008) (NFC)