Former IDF chief rabbi Rafi Peretz was selected to be the Bayit Yehudi’s new leader, pending authorization, on Sunday.
Peretz, 63, is a retired brigadier-general in the IDF who was the army’s chief rabbi from 2010 to 2016. He was previously a helicopter pilot in the IAF and the head of the Otzem Pre-Military Torah Academy, which was originally located in Gaza, before the 2005 disengagement. He returned to Otzem when he left the IDF.
In a video message, Peretz said: “I hope and believe that God will bless me to work and carry this special public burden, and with God’s help we will glorify God’s name and bring sympathy between members of the Jewish people. That is our goal. That is the mission of religious Zionism.”
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