Matthew Wagner reports in yesterday’s
According to Jewish war ethics, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In
Since it is also forbidden to take any risks with ‘the lives of IDF soldiers’, Eliyahu's son, Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Safed, explained
his father opposed a ground troop incursion into
Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on
The letter…cited the biblical story of the Shechem massacre (Genesis 34) and Maimonides' commentary (Laws of Kings 9, 14) on the story as proof texts for his legal decision… Eliyahu quoted from Psalms. "I will pursue my enemies and apprehend them and I will not desist until I have eradicated them." [18:37]
Eliyahu wrote that "This is a message to all leaders of the Jewish people not to be compassionate with those who shoot [rockets] at civilians in their houses."
There is of course no prohibition in Jewish law for raining precision guided munitions and less accurate tank shells on Palestinians. Nor is there any scriptural basis for retaliation. After all, a million of them are not worth one Jewish fingernail.[Thanks for Moshe Machover for the heads up]