Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook of Rechovot criticized, Sunday, government attempts to enlist more yeshiva students in the Israel Defense Forces and the silence of the Chief Rabbinate on the matter. Speaking at a gathering of settlement rabbis, he said, "Every prime minister and defense minister - it was [David] Ben-Gurion at first and then Yitzchak Rabin - all the heads of governments of the various types wanted to recruit yeshiva students but no one recruited them. Why? Because they sat with the yeshiva heads, with elders of the generation, and when they came and heard their words, they were saddened and said 'we will not recruit them' and they did not touch them. This is the only time that nobody was sitting with the yeshiva head area, not with elders and with the youth of the generation, no one spoke with the yeshiva world on that wish, on this matter."
Rabbi Kook continued, "If they touch the Torah, watch out for the future. Who knows where these things can lead? These things must be said clearly. And it's really true that the Chief Rabbinate has not said a word on this."