War And Peace (Cont'd)
By Rabbi Meir Kahane
The Jewish Idea

Today, people have risen up to destroy us who are smitten with the alien culture. Tragically, these include even the Torah scholars and learned Jews who have pronounced that, halachically speaking, there is no state of war between us and the Arabs in our land, hence we are forbidden to treat them as enemies.

They have gone so far as to rule that if an Arab tries to attack or even to kill a Jew with a stone or weapon and then flees, one may not kill him, but may only catch him and deliver him to the authorities, our impoverished regime which is better off ceasing to exist. As our sages said (Sanhedrin 98a),
"King David's descendent will not come until the impoverished regime ends." Rashi comments, "Until they lack even tenuous control over Israel." In Tikkunei Zohar (p. 144), the Jewish kingdom that will exist in the pre-Messianic era is called "the government of the mixed multitude."

If someone renders a
halachic ruling that there is no state of war between us and the Arabs in our midst, that we are obligated to treat them with mercy, and that it is forbidden to kill one of them even after he tries to attack and kill a Jew, that person is nothing but a rodef [one who attacks with  intent to kill], who collaborates with gentiles in the killing of Jews. The Torah spoke of such persons in addressing the unsolved murder:

"This is what you must do when a corpse is found fallen in the field in the land that the L-rd your G-d is giving you to occupy, and it is not known who the murderer is... All the elders of the city closest to the corpse shall wash their hands over the decapitated calf at the stream. The elders shall speak up and say, 'Our hands have not spilled this blood, and our eyes have not witnessed it.'"
(Deut. 21:1,6-7)

Our sages comment (Sotah 46b),
"Would we ever think that the city's elders were murderers? Yet, perhaps he approached them and they sent him off without feeding him, or they saw him and let him go without escorting him."

Our sages teach us a great lesson here regarding love for one's fellow Jew and the duty one bears to him: it is not enough for a Jew not to murder. Surely,
"Turn away from evil" (Ps. 34:15) applies here, but a much weightier duty applies too: he must do all he can to save his fellow Jew from danger, to eradicate every danger and mishap, to defeat every foe who imperils the Jewish people before he can harm them.

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