Rabbi Eli Sadan
Rabbi Eli Sadan Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

The head of the IDF preparatory (mechina) yeshiva Bnei David, Rabbi Eli Sadan, advised the Defense Ministry that Rabbi Yigal Levenstein, his partner in running the school, will remain in his post and will not resign, it was reported this afternoon (Thursday) on Channel 2.

The report quoted Rabbi Sadan's words during a talk with students about a conversation he had with a Defense Ministry representative following the letter from Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman demanding Rabbi Levenstein resign due to his sharp words against religious young women's IDF service and the new IDF directives for mixed gender units.

"They called me from the Defense Ministry saying the school must submit a reply about Rabbi Yigal by tomorrow morning," Rabbi Sadan said, describing the conversation. "I do not need to wait until tomorrow, Rabbi Yigal is staying."

Rabbi Sadan further told students that "we will not surrender to this dictatorship."

"We are not party to this war, and we will not allow politicians to rule us. In Israel much worse things are said by all types of principals, and within the framework of democracy, freedom of expression represents one of the supreme values. The attempt to depose Rabbi Yigal contains nothing to enhance law and order in the country, but is only an attempt to score political achievements. We will take no part in it," added Rabbi Sadan.

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