Ultra-Orthodox Politicians Intervene in Israeli Army Affairs to Save Jewish Identity Branch

Heads of Shas, United Torah Judaism meet with Defense Minister Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Eisenkot, who ultimately reject bid to keep Jewish Awareness Department within the Military Rabbinate.

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Violating their decades-old policy of staying out of the internal politics of the Israeli army, the leaders of the country’s ultra-Orthodox parties have been lobbying Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to keep a...