Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz of the Israel Defense Forces confessed, Thursday, that he was unprepared to deal with the objection of religious soldiers to listening to women singing. Speaking to yeshiva students in the Judean community of Efrat, he said his ruling prohibiting soldiers from leaving official ceremonies in which women sing was made at the request of officers who were afraid of harming the friendship and unity of their soldiers. The commanders were afraid of divisiveness in their units.
Regarding the recruitment of hareidi-religious Jews, the brigadier general said, "The army wants the hearts who want to join." When asked about the civilians who do not want to join the army, Rabbi Peretz said that the military is responsible for those who do enlist.