Deputy IDF chief of staff Yair Naveh, who ordered the targeted killings of Palestinians, a story which Anat Kamm leaked to Uri Blau, said at an army ceremony:
The events currently shaking the Arab world “were ordained from above” by a guiding hand, Israel Defense Forces Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Naveh said on Sunday. Naveh added that the Israeli army needed faith in God now more than its supply of planes and tanks.
…Naveh said [referring to protesters in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya] supposedly democratic forces in the Middle East have always been supplanted by negative extremist and religious forces. Addressing the chief rabbis, Naveh called the IDF a Jewish army, an army of believers and an army that from the beginning always “knew how to create the right balance among communities represented in it, all the religions represented in it, but always leading with the power of faith and adherence to mitzvot [religious commandments].”
He said in recent years, the army had become more welcoming to religious soldiers.
I recently had a discussion with a reader who is a retired officer in the IDF who claimed it remained a secular army. I disagreed based on what I’d read in many sources and heard from IDF veterans. I think this passage above proves the reader wrong.
Can there be any doubt that nonsense like this is an indication of but one of the severe problems facing the IDF? Even if we presume Naveh was kissing the tush of the army chief rabbi when he made this statement, what does it say about the number two officer in the army that he would even utter such stupidity?
And if he really believes even half of what he said why should the IDF even need tanks or planes to defend Israel? Why not just send soldiers dressed in tallit and tefillin? That should suffice to protect them given that God clearly is on their side and not the side of the Muslim heathen.
Also remember this is the self-same Naveh who sided with Haredim who pressured the municipality to set aside gender segregated light rail cars for men and women saying that doing so is a human rights issue on behalf of the ultra-Orthodox.
I think Naveh is the Jewish equivalent of Jesus’ General.