Rabbi Zalman Melamed, who heads the High Yeshiva in the Binyamin-region community of Beit El, said, Monday, that the values of Torah and the army complement each other. Speaking to Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, he said, "Without Torah, the people has not content, no significance, no existence." He added, "The people of Israel also need an army and without an army the state does not exist."
Referring to the current debate on increased national service for hareidi-religious Jews, also known as "equal burden of service", he stressed, "The army is not a burden but a virtue," and said the state should educate the young to take that view. He said those who don't serve in the army, including non-Jews, should do national civilian service or pay higher taxes. At the same time he said the army should only take whom it needs, relying on quality instead of quantity.