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      Chief IAF Rabbi Denies Reports He Apologized

      The saga continues: IAF Chief Rabbi Moshe Ravad denies reports he asked to remain in the Shachar program and apologized.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 1/6/2012, 1:15 AM

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      The saga around the resignation of the IAF Chief Rabbi, Lt. Col. Rabbi Moshe Ravad, continues: On Thursday evening it was reported that Rabbi Ravad had sent a letter to the head of the IDF’s Manpower Directorate, to the IAF Commander and to the Chief IDF Rabbi, in which he apologized and expressed his desire to return to the Shachar program for integration of hareidi-religious soldiers in the IDF.

      However, sources close to Rabbi Ravad denied that he sent a letter of apology. The sources said Rabbi Ravad’s letter was a letter of protest over the IDF's Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz’s attempts to accuse Rabbi Ravad of causing damage to the Shachar project.

      “There was no apology in the letter and certainly he did not retract his resignation from the project,” the sources said.

      Rabbi Ravad announced on Tuesday his decision to resign from the Shachar program due to the integration of women in it.

      It was later reported that Rabbi Peretz recommended that IAF Commander Ido Nechushtan fire Rav Ravad, but according to one report, Maj. Gen Nechushtan told Rav Peretz that he does not take orders from him and that Rav Ravad serves in the IAF and not in the IDF Rabbinate.

      Nechushtan reportedly said that the rabbi would continue to serve as the IAF's rabbi, a job he is doing well.