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Zalghi Khan

To Defeat Terror Israel Must Turn To The Torah

WARS ARE FOUGHT WITH WEAPONS. Everyone knows that in the state of Israel. But not every weapon is an instrument of death like guns, rockets and tanks; some weapons are computers, cameras, and cars. Basically, there are tools of different forms used in war, to achieve different goals and objectives, all part of a clear and coherent strategy.

However, the greatest weapon is the scripture of God, according to the rabbis. This is the ultimate weapon, and according to Psalm 1:1-2 the one who follows and meditates on the Torah is blessed.

Nothing happens in the world—except by the will of God. This concept is found throughout the scripture. Therefore, to win at anything, including against terrorism during war, requires God’s help. For instance, we read in Deuteronomy 4:1-2 that Israel must follow the rules and regulations of God in order to take possession of the land. This means that to achieve the goal of possessing the land and displacing all the people there, the law of God must be followed.

So, for instance we read in Joshua 1:8 “But you must be very strong and resolute to observe faithfully all the Teaching that My servant Moses enjoined upon you. Do not deviate from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”

Clearly, in the aforementioned scriptural reference, we see that success is directly made conditional on observing faithfully the teaching of Moses. This is consistent with the rest of scripture, which commands and encourages following the teachings of Moses, and condemns those who abandon the teachings of the Torah.

Shockingly, in my research, I have discovered that even in the Quran, which is the sacred scripture of the Islamic religion, it is written in Surah-Al-Maidah 5: 68 that : ‘Say, “O People of the Scripture, you are [standing] on nothing until you uphold [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.” And that which has been revealed to you from your Lord will surely increase many of them in transgression and disbelief. So do not grieve over the disbelieving people.’

Another verse in Surah-Al-Maidah 5:66 on the same theme states:

And if only they upheld [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to them from their Lord, they would have consumed [provision] from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them are a moderate community, but many of them – evil is that which they do.

The idea that God will help Israel, if the Torah is followed is not just restricted to times of war, but also even when it comes to economic matters. And the importance of a good economy during wartime cannot be emphasized enough. This precise form of reasoning is actually the same as that of the Minister of Finance for the state of Israel Bezalel Smotrich, who said that “If we follow the Torah, we’ll be rewarded with financial abundance and a great blessing.” [1]

Now what does the Torah teach specifically about war?

In this section, I shall provide some references that anyone can do more research on in their own time.

In the Mishna Torah a section referenced as “The Laws of Kings and Their Wars” by Maimonides it is clearly stated that the leader of Israel must “execute justice and conduct warfare.” This must be done “for the sake of Heaven.”[2]

Basically, the response to terror must be one of justice for the sake of God.

Here is a reference for the Torah’s way of winning wars and response to terror by Rabbi Manis Friedman.[3] Furthermore, here is another article titled “A Jewish Perspective on War, Scripture, and Moral Accounting”.[4]

Lastly, this Wikipedia entry titled “Judaism and warfare” is also a good introduction.[5]

[1] https://www.timesofisrael.com/next-treasury-chief-smotrich-following-the-torah-will-lead-to-financial-abundance/

[2] https://www.nationalreview.com/2003/03/maimonides-war-david-klinghoffer/

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzUPKOAlYb8

[4] https://jsr.shanti.virginia.edu/back-issues/vol-14-number-1-june-2015-politics-scripture-and-war/a-jewish-perspective-on-war-scripture-and-moral-accounting/

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism_and_warfare

About the Author
Zalghi Khan is a former investment banker, who is currently training to become an accountant. He is the author of ten books, and specializes in economics, finance, and geopolitical issues. For him it is important to provide convincing answers to pressing questions, especially as it relates to global economic matters.