The head of the Bnei Akiva yeshivas, the venerated Rabbi Haim Druckman, accused Finance Minister Yair Lapid of “first class chutzpah” Sunday following Lapid's diatribe against the chief rabbis.
Lapid said Friday that he would take action to have the rabbis fired after they spoke out against the enlistment of religious women to the IDF. He noted that the rabbis were civil servants and thus obligated to support state policies.
"The Finance Minister has forgotten that we do not live in communist Russia,” said Rabbi Druckman in an exclusive Arutz Sheva interview, “and it is not just the right but the obligation of the chief rabbis to make their opinions known on all matters of Torah and halakha.”
"I am amazed at the unbridled attack by the finance minister against the chief rabbis,” he added.
"I do not know who will be fired first – the chief rabbis or the finance minister,” the rabbi noted; “the elections to the Knesset precede the elections to the chief rabbinate.”
MK Yoni Chetboun also slammed Lapid Sunday, demanding that he apologize to the chief rabbis for the insulting post he published on his Facebook page.
Lapid had accused the rabbis of “arrogance,” and said their pronouncements on women in the military were “a national scandal."
"We will act in the Knesset to have them fired, and attack them through the legal system if necessary,” he stated. As “state employees,” said Lapid, the Rabbis had no right to encourage women not to serve in the army.
All of Israel's Chief Rabbis, from the establishment of the state in 1948, have opposed women's IDF service, for halakhic reasons.