I’m told we must worry about our enemy’s children. We must worry about their suffering. Innocent civilians must be spared, and it’s a tragedy if they are injured or killed. Of course Hamas is playing on these sensibilities, showing pictures of every destroyed building, every injured or killed child, every woman with a bruise. (Somehow pictures of dead or injured terrorists never seem to appear.)
And while they are trying to kill us, we (as a society) are providing them free electrical service, free water service, free phone service, plus operating an entry and exit port providing the vast majority of food, medicine, and consumer products. We further operate a free medical facility for them on the border, allow treatment of seriously ill patients in Israeli hospitals, and have even facilitated the transfer of Palestinian patients to Turkey.
But what do we receive for our concern, our kindness to those trying to kill us?
ROCKETS. Hundreds of them every day fired at our homes, our women, our children. Homes hit, schools hit, kindergartens hit.
Rambam – Guide to the Perplexed (Part 3, Chapter 39) : On Shemos (21:14), “If a person willfully schemes to kill his neighbor – he shall be (even) taken from my altar and put to death”, the wicked and calculating person (who killed intentionally and was sentenced to death) – if he seeks sanctuary among us, we must not provide him with asylum and not have mercy upon him...because compassion towards the wicked – is cruelty to all beings.
Shmuel Alef 15:9 – (I Samuel 15:9), “And Saul and the nation spared Agag,” the Midrash says (Tanhuma, Parashat Mezora,1) R’ Elazar said: One who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate, as it is written, “And Saul and the nation spared Agag and the best sheep and cattle.”, and it is written (Ibid. 22:19) “And Nov, the city of priests, he smote with the edge of a sword.”
…We give a humanitarian cease fire, they use it to attack and kill our soldiers.
…We give a longer ceasefire, rocket fire doubles when it ends as they’ve used the time to reload.
…They use the gift of electricity to run arc welders to make rockets.
…They use the gift of cement to build tunnels to INVADE our towns and commit either mass slaughter or mass kidnapping.
…They bomb the cargo terminal we are using to deliver them food, medicine and consumer goods WHILE those goods are being delivered! (Because killing us is more important than getting food to their children.)
…They booby trap medical clinics, transport fighters in ambulances, store rockets in mosques and hospitals, launch rockets from schools, refugee areas, UN facilities, and hotels.
We try to reduce enemy casualties, while they try to increase ours, avoiding bombing those attacking us (if children area nearby), avoiding attacking ambulances and hospitals, avoiding targeting homes in civilian areas. Our soldiers hesitate in their firing to avoid civilians, AT THE RISK OF THEIR OWN LIVES, while they fire from within civilians – using our kindness and humanity as a defensive technique.
: I will not cry for their women and children while they refuse to stop firing.
: We must stop delivering goods while they are trying to kill us, and even kill those delivering in the midst of delivery. Every time they fire at the cargo terminal, it should shut down for 1 month automatically.
: We must turn off the electricity and water (and they’ve even tried to kill those repairing electrical lines that have been damaged) while they are firing. Every time they fire, turn off the electricity and water for 2 days.
: The army must be given an open hand to do everything necessary to stop rocket fire and attacks on Israel. If that requires artillery fire until a neighborhood is no longer usable as a launch pad, so be it. If that involves indiscriminate fire into a populated area – EXACTLY AS THE ENEMY IS DOING TO US – so be it.
An enemy is defeated when they either no longer have the ability to fight or when they feel sufficient pain to no longer have the will to fight.
Everything I have written is LEGAL according to international law and the laws of war, and APPROPRIATE according to halacha. Our compassion is killing us, and actually even hurting the enemy. How the enemy? By prolonging the conflict and setting up for yet another round.
IT IS NOT COMPASSION to prolong a war. And this war will only end when they are thoroughly defeated. So have compassion on the enemy and KILL HAMAS, ALL OF THEM.