Col. Eyal Karim, the IDF’s intended next chief rabbi, has previously provided misogynistic interpretations of Jewish law that consider female conscription ‘utterly forbidden’ and permits raping ‘attractive Gentile women’ as a way to keep up morale; female MKs and women’s rights organizations, incensed, call for his appointment to be cancelled.
By Elisha Ben Kimon, Telem Yahav and Kobi Nachshoni | 12 July 2016
YNET NEWS — Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim, who was announced on Monday as the IDF’s intended new chief rabbi, has provoked controversy with previous misogynistic statements, such as opposing female conscription and implying that rape was permissible in times of war.
The 59-year-old colonel was chosen to replace the outgoing chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz, who is stepping down after six years in the position. Karim has been serving as the head of the Rabbinate Department in the Military Rabbinate. He is an alumnus of the Bnei Akiva Nachalim and the Ateret Cohanim yeshivas, and he served previously as a combat paratrooper, eventually commanding their elite reconnaissance unit, before taking a break from the military and eventually returning to its rabbinate.
However, a number of Karim’s controversial statements that have come to light have cast a shadow on his impending appointment. […]
Rabbi Eyal Carim Sworn in as IDF Chief Rabbi
Speaking during the event, the chief of staff said that despite the revelations and objections to Karim, he was ‘never in any doubt that Rabbi Karim was the right appointment.’
By Jeremy Sharon | 1 December 2016
JERUSALEM POST — After a tumultuous path to the job, Rabbi Eyal Karim was sworn into office as the IDF chief rabbi and elevated to the rank of brigadier- general.
Karim’s nomination was beset by controversy after rulings and responses to questions of Jewish law he gave between 2002 and 2003 generated controversy as well as an appeal to the High Court of Justice against his appointment.
Karim was sworn in to office in the presence of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan and chief rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau, among other dignitaries.
Speaking during the event, the chief of staff said that despite the revelations and objections to Karim, he was “never in any doubt that Rabbi Karim was the right appointment.” […]