Moment Magazine has a feature each month where they ask rabbis of various movements and constituencies to respond to a question. This month, they asked “How Should Jews Treat Their Arabs Neighbors?”
Most of the answers, were what one would expect–with respect that we give all human beings.
Except for this one:
I donâ€™t believe in western morality, i.e. donâ€™t kill civilians or children, donâ€™t destroy holy sites, donâ€™t fight during holiday seasons, donâ€™t bomb cemeteries, donâ€™t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral.
The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).
The first Israeli prime minister who declares that he will follow the Old Testament will finally bring peace to the Middle East. First, the Arabs will stop using children as shields. Second, they will stop taking hostages knowing that we will not be intimidated. Third, with their holy sites destroyed, they will stop believing that G-d is on their side. Result: no civilian casualties, no children in the line of fire, no false sense of righteousness, in fact, no war.
Zero tolerance for stone throwing, for rockets, for kidnapping will mean that the state has achieved sovereignty. Living by Torah values will make us a light unto the nations who suffer defeat because of a disastrous morality of human invention.
Rabbi Manis Friedman
Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies
St. Paul, MN