Israeli Far-Rights Calls for Women to be Expelled from IDF

“Rabbis and parents will not send their sons to an army that recruits women to mixed units”

Back in 2005 Christian Zionist writer and WorldNetDaily columnist Hal Lindsey heralded the establishment in Israel of a “Sanhedrin”:

Two remarkable developments took place recently that are extremely relevant to students of Bible prophecy.

For the first time in 1,600 years, the Israeli Sanhedrin was re-established. It occurred in Tiberius [sic], the site of the Sanhedrin’s last meeting in AD 425.

…On Feb. 9, just a few weeks after the Sanhedrin’s re-establishment, another enormously important development took place. The religious sages began to consider the rebuilding of the Temple and reinstitution of ancient animal sacrifices as prescribed in the Law of Moses.

Lindsey neglected to mention two rather important points: (1) The “Sanhedrin” is purely self-appointed and has no official standing whatsoever; (2) many members of the Sanhedrin are right-wing fundamentalist Kahanists who despise Israeli society – although a few slightly more moderate figures (most notably Israel Steinsaltz) have been drafted in to give an air of intellectual respectibility.

Not much has happened since, although in January 2007 the Sanhedrin’s leaders officially declared an Israeli Major General to be a traitor for obstructing some settlers – and although not spelt out, such “moshers” are traditionally deemed to deserve the fate that befell Yitzchak Rabin.

The “Sanhedrin” has now made a new pronuncement concerning the Israeli army:

The self-appointed Supreme Judicial Court of the Jewish People, also known as the Sanhedrin, passed down on Thursday a halachic ruling which calls to exempt women from army service and expel those who have already been recruited.

…The ruling stated that “rabbis and parents will not send their sons to an army that recruits women to mixed units. There is no place for any flexibility and compromise (in this matter).

Of course “rabbis and parents will not send” is different from saying they “should not send” or “must not send”, and so there is a bit of wriggle-room. However, I think we can see here the threat of a ruling against men participating in an IDF which has not been purged of women.

The problem is that the Israeli army is too soft, and women are responsible:

…The Sanhedrin’s ruling also mentions the IDF’s “failures in the battlefield”, stating that the establishment of mixed units has resulted in a “disruption of the conscience”.

“There seems to be a connection between the inability to make the distinction between the genders and the inability to make the distinction between friend and foe. Both of these characterize the post-Zionist army, which deems such distinctions racist,” the ruling stated.

Apparently, not kowtowing to the demands to a bunch of self-appointed religious dominionists is enough to make the IDF “post-Zionist” – a critique of a piece with an earlier Sanhedrin complaint that the Israeli Supreme Court is “anti-Jewish”. Given how much these people hate their fellow Israelis, one can hardly imagine the degree to which they must detest Palestinians.

(Hat tip: Failed Messiah)