… The IDF chief rabbi does not, and should not, have the power to influence IDF policy in the field of military ethics or military strategy. He does not, and should not, be moral advisers to policymakers.
Rather the IDF chief rabbi’s mandate is, and should be, restricted to accommodating the religious needs of soldiers, providing rabbinic direction in strictly religious matters that do not conflict with military orders. And these religious services or pastoral care should be provided by request and never forced upon soldiers. [..}
The appointment process of the IDF chief rabbi should include a clear definition and delineation of his duties. The chaplain’s job is to facilitate religious expression, not influence policy.
Therefore, Karim’s position on homosexuality, gender equality or the treatment of female POWs is irrelevant. Under the circumstances, the High Court had no business intervening. By choosing to, the High Court has given its critics more fuel to add to the fire.