Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi has apologized for conducting a press conference during a Friday night meal.
“It was a mistake for us to have filmed and broadcast the Chief of Staff’s words during Shabbat, and the Chief of Staff has apologized to the officers and soldiers of the brigade,” Kochavi said in a statement.
Two weeks back, Chareidi MKs and religious soldiers chided Kochavi for desecrating Shabbos publicly and forcing religious soldiers to participate.
The MKS and soldiers said what Kochavi did violate army regulations.
According to reports, Kochavi faced the cameras and said that “our task is simple: we must stop terror, restore security and a sense of security.”
Kochavi also spoke to individual soldiers while facing the camera while religious soldiers were sitting at the table for their Friday night meal.
Sources said there was no aspect of Pikuach Nefesh (life-threatening emergency).
The Torat Lechima organization said that “it is unthinkable that the most senior officer in the IDF should trample the sanctity of the Shabbat in the only Jewish army in the world while violating express army directives.
“What example will his soldiers get from this? What values? The chief of staff must apologize to his soldiers for his actions,” the group said.