Israeli rabbi who advocated rape of 'comely gentile women' during war becomes chief army rabbi

Ofir, Jonathan
Date Written:  2016-07-12
Publisher:  Mondoweiss
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22511

“New IDF Chief Rabbi: in times of war it is permissible for soldiers to "have sex with comely gentile women against their will".


IDF Chief Rabbi Col. Eyal Qarim stated, before he was appointed chief rabbi of the Israeli Defence Forces, that "[W]ar removes some of the prohibitions on sexual relations, and even though fraternizing with a gentile woman is a very serious matter, it was permitted during wartime (under the specific terms) out of understanding for the hardship endured by the warriors. And since the success of the whole at war is our goal, the Torah permitted the individual to satisfy the evil urge, under the conditions mentioned, for the purpose of the success of the whole."

With these views on record, the IDF appointed Qarim its chief rabbi.

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