Rebbe Shalom Berger, the Admor of Mishkoltz, visited the IDF Wednesday and was hosted by the Chief Military Rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rav Rafi Peretz, in his office at the Kirya Base in Tel Aviv.
The Rebbe made headlines late last year when he stated that there was no need to attack Iran, because G-d would destroy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without a need for Israeli military intervention (see video below).
The IDF is attempting to encourage hareidi enlistment, and to undo damage caused by recent militant feminist provocations that threatened its improving relations with the hareidi world.
Brig. Gen. Rav Peretz discussed the service conditions for hareidi soldiers, and explained that the IDF goes to great lengths to make a strict hareidi lifestyle possible within the IDF. He gave a detailed account of the strict kashrut supervision that makes it possible for every soldier to eat at any IDF kitchen without worrying about insufficiently strict kashrut.
The Chief Military Rabbi explained that "since the IDF deals in maintaining the sovereignty of this nation, it truly protects our soul and is very connected with it, and that is why connecting to the [Jewish] roots is natural for the IDF, and you can see everywhere that the army is happy about this deep-rooted Jewish connection."
The Admor gave a lesson in Talmud to hundreds of religious and hareidi soldiers who serve in the Kirya Base. After meeting hareidi soldiers, he said they impressed him as "having fortitude." He told the Chief Military Rabbi that some yeshiva students who want to opt out of a life of Torah study consult him about enlistment. "Now I see that they will be in good hands," he said. He commended the IDF for its Shachar program for absorbing hareidim and predicted that the flow of hareidim to the army would grow.