If I were a psychologist, I would diagnose Avigdor Lieberman as deophobic. It's a Latin + Greek word for "fear of God," but not the righteous kind we call yira Shamayim. This is the kind more in keeping with an irrational hatred and a desire to be rid of the object of hatred. There are quite a number of people afflicted with this condition living in Israel today. For their own good, I'd advise that they make a permanent change in location. The situation as it is developing in Israel now is not conducive to their future mental health.
Israel military is becoming ‘army of God’ says LiebermanIf only it were so!!
...according to the country’s former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, ... Israel’s military has now become the “army of God”.
...Lieberman, who made the comment in reaction to a booklet authored by senior rabbinical figures, which contained instructions for religious Jewish soldiers on how to avoid interactions with women forbidden by Jewish law, said that the Israeli army was becoming “Hashem’s army” (God’s army). He also criticised the interference of Rabbi saying: “This … booklet for religious soldiers on the halachic laws of modesty, written by military rabbis … with the support of senior rabbinical figures, is yet another proof of the growing radicalisation of religious Zionism that is being led by the ultra-Orthodox wing.”
Russian born Lieberman, who also served a short stint as foreign minister, explained that the radicalisation of the Israeli army was a reflection of wider society. “This attempt to turn the IDF into the ‘army of Hashem,’ with conduct resembling that of a haredi [ultra-Orthodox] kollel, is part of the same messianic worldview that has penetrated Israeli society and which seeks to damage the fabric of life and the status quo on religion and state issues,” he said.
Lieberman concluded the post with a call for the booklet to be banned and rabbis that endorsed it to be barred from the Israeli army. “The distribution of this booklet to IDF soldiers must be forbidden,” wrote Lieberman, and “the rabbis who sign it prevented from serving in reserves or lecturing to soldiers.”