For many years the absence of the Hareidi in the ranks of the IDF has been a sore bone of contention for many Jews and Israelis who have done their duty for God and country. We have all heard the weak reasons that the Ultra-Orthodox have given to validate their position of not serving.
Every country has a right to ask their citizens to take up arms in defense of her borders. For years many Haredim have taken welfare money from the State of Israel but have refused to serve, citing halakhic reasons for their refusal.
During this Chanukah season, a Hareidi rabbi, Haim Amsalem, speaks out against this practice and speaks directly from the Torah and ancient Jewish history. Read his Op-Ed peice at Arutz Sheva