An Israeli source reported in Friday that two former chief rabbis, Rabbi Avraham Shapiro and Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, issued on Friday a “Halakhic’ (religious) ruling forbidding soldiers from closing the Gaza Strip.

The “Halakhic’ ruling states that the “soldiers should not participate in the closing and blockading of the Gush Katif settlement bloc, and soldiers should not desecrate the Sabbath for such purposes’.

If soldiers act otherwise, they will be considered ‘accomplices to a crime’, according to the religious ruling.

The rabbis wrote in their decree “blessed be the soldiers and commanders who defend Israel and its communities”, referring to rejecting the evacuation of the Israeli settlements.

Also, rabbis Shapiro presented a decision before rabbis who support soldiers rejecting to comply with military orders to evacuate the settlement, and issued a Halakhic ruling on the matter.

It is worth mentioning that rabbi Eliyahu had a different opinion at first, but adopted Shapiro’s position later on.

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