If one had paid more attention to the opinions voiced by the chief rabbi before his appointment to his important position one would not be surprised by his recent statements and positions. It was a mistake appointing him but unfortunately I would assume today because of the makeup of the new IDF the possibity of relieving him of his position is not very realistic. Perhaps in the future all combat soldiers will be in a particular religious persuasion fighting in the name of G-d and in support of the halachic interpretations that they believe in
High school teacher's union threatens strike (Haaretz)
from the article: IDF Chief Rabbi: Troops who show mercy to enemy will be 'damned'