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Eisenkot praises contributions of ultra-Orthodox soldiers

IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot praises the contributions of ultra-Orthodox soldiers and denounces the attacks on them by members of their communities during a visit with the Netzah Yehuda Battalion of the Kfir Brigade, which is currently stationed near Ramallah.

The Netzah Yehuda Battalion is made up largely of religious soldiers, including many from the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, community.

The army chief denounces the violence that has been perpetrated against Haredi soldiers by members of their community, due to their opposition to military service.

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot addresses the Netzah Yehuda Battalion of the Kfir Brigade, which is partially made up ultra-Orthodox soldiers, near where they are stationed outside Ramallah, on May 16, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot addresses the Netzah Yehuda Battalion of the Kfir Brigade, which is partially made up ultra-Orthodox soldiers, near where they are stationed outside Ramallah, on May 16, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

“We have to see an end to the phenomenon of soldiers being forced to change out of their IDF uniforms and into civilian clothes from fear of violence against them, and we have to use a firm hand against those that act violently towards IDF soldiers,” the army chief says.

Eisenkot says the battalion’s efforts is what “allow for others from the Haredi community to continue their Torah-driven daily routine.”

— Judah Ari Gross

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