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Religious soldiers jailed after refusing to visit Rabin’s grave, going AWOL

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Four IDF soldiers obtained a 14-day jail sentence on Thursday after they refused to visit the grave of assassinated prime minister and former IDF chief of workers Yitzhak Rabin and later left their base with out permission earlier this month, the military mentioned.

The journey to Rabin’s burial web site in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery was performed on June 6 as a part of primary coaching for the Artillery Corps, during which the 4 soldiers served.

“Four of the soldiers decided to refuse the order and not go up to the grave, and after they returned to base and had a conversation with their commanders, they decided to leave the base,” the military mentioned in a assertion.

The army sentenced them to 14 days in jail, with an possibility to lengthen the punishment by an extra six days, relying on the soldiers’ habits.

In a assertion, the army mentioned the incident was “serious” and that the servicemen’s actions “did not adhere to the values of the IDF.”

The 4 soldiers in query have been a part of a program run by way of the army, identified in Hebrew as hesder, during which they divide their time between biblical studies and armed forces service.

Rabin is a divisive determine for a lot of Israel’s national-religious neighborhood.

Prime minister Yitzhak Rabin addresses the General Assembly on the United Nations in New York, October 24, 1995. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

The former prime minister was assassinated in 1994 by right-wing extremist Yigal Amir.

In the months earlier than the homicide, Rabin was recurrently lambasted by national-religious leaders for his position within the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians in 1993.

In Israel, the incitement towards Rabin — in speeches by spiritual and public leaders and in posters during which he was made to appear to be a Nazi officer — is seen as contributing to Amir’s determination to perform the assassination.

The Oslo Accords established the Palestinian Authority and have been meant to lay the groundwork for an eventual decision to the Israeli-Palestinian battle, with the institution of an impartial Palestinian state.

This was opposed by a lot of the national-religious neighborhood as it might require Israel to relinquish management of the West Bank, the biblical homeland of the Jewish folks.

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