Rabbi Eli Sadan, the head of the Bnei David pre-military academy in Eli, spoke with the academy students on Tuesday evening. His co-head, Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, was also present.
Channel 2 reports that Rabbi Sadan denied reports of a rift between the two rabbis following the public uproar over Rabbi Levinstein's recent comments. He emphasized that the academy's connection with the IDF is important.
Rabbi Sadan did not apologize for his partner's comments and even added, "Just as we do not impose our opinions on others we won't let others force their anti-Torah values on us."
Earlier it was reported that the IDF is reconsidering allowing Rabbi Yigal Levinstein to visit military bases and speak to soldiers.
In addition, the head of the IDF's manpower division, General Hagai Topolansky, has canceled his intended visit to the Eli academy today, and Rabbi Levinstein will not give his scheduled lecture to academy soldiers.