Rabbi Yitzchak Brand of the Samarian city of Ariel called on his followers, Thursday, to temporarily stop serving in the Israel Defense Forces, in the wake of the government's recent evictions of Jews from other communities in the region. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Rabbi Brand said that the aim of the army is to "fight for and guard" the Land of Israel, but at the moment it's doing the opposite, fighting "for the enemy against the people of Israel."
The rabbi, whose Chalamish (Hebrew acronym for Hareidim for Judea and Samaria) group has set up communities in the region, says the matter requires serious protest, adding that demonstrations are not enough. He added that if a group of soldiers refuses to serve, even at the risk of going to jail, it will make waves. Stressing the temporary nature of his call, he said Chalamish will continue to hold land in Israel, wherever possible.