On Sunday, MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) wrote a letter to Defense Minister MK Naftali Bennett (Yamina), protesting a new army directive permitting the introduction of non-kosher food items into IDF kitchens, and requesting the Minister’s intervention on behalf of religious and traditional soldiers serving in the IDF, Srugim reported.

Ever since the establishment of the State of Israel, it has been accepted that the IDF’s kitchens would be kept kosher, and this is considered part of the State’s “status quo agreements.”

Referring to this, Gafni wrote: “Since these are public kitchens, the army has always taken great care to ensure that they were kept kosher. Recently, however, it has become known that permission has been granted to place non-kosher meat and even [pork products] in the refrigerators of IDF kitchens. Any intelligent person realizes that there is no such thing as keeping kosher by halves, and that the consequences of having non-kosher food in a public kitchen could be serious.”

“I would be grateful if you could attend to this matter urgently, ensuring that the status quo is maintained, as it has been since the establishment of the State.”

Read more at Arutz Sheva.