Defense Minister Moshe ya’alon signed a decree on the rules of burial of military personnel are not Jews according to Halacha, according to Yossi Yehoshua in the newspaper «Yediot Ahronot».
According to published information, the new rules provide for stopping the practice of burial of these soldiers in segregated sections of military cemeteries. Henceforth, all soldiers will be buried in the same plot, but the graves of Jews and non-Jews will be at a distance of two meters from one another.
In 2013, Lieutenant-General benny Gantz, the chief of the General staff of the IDF, was a member of the scandal: at the ceremony of laying flags on the grave of the last deceased soldier ritual was started near the grave of Yevgeny Tolochko, as he was not a Jew by Halacha, and near the grave of another soldier killed earlier.
After this incident, defense Minister Moshe ya’alon agreed to change the order of burial of soldiers of the IDF who are not Jewish by Halacha, in military cemeteries. In connection with the decision of ya’alon, former head of the personnel division of the IDF, now a member of Knesset Elazar stern («Yesh Atid»), withdrew his bill on the subject. According to the orders ya’alon, cancelled the separation of military cemeteries for Jewish and non-Jewish sections, but within sections the division of the saved – Jews and Gentiles are buried in different rows.
New rules imposed by the Ministry of defense, and abolish this division. «The Ministry of defence has completed the preparatory work that led to the desired changes,» said Elazar stern. In his words, «the changes reflect the many facets of Israeli society and take into account the feelings of all groups of the population.»