How uncomfortable to ask questions that have no answer yet!
It’s easy but too easy to say: Let’s kill them all or jail them all.
Capital punishment to me here seems appropriate for the pogrom leaders because their dedication to war crimes and genocide can be compared to that of Eichmann. But not every Hamas terrorist and sympathizer can be compared to them—let they not flatter themselves. Surely, all those infiltrators are collectively guilty of the genocide and war crimes, but that doesn’t make them equal to the most central organizer of the Holocaust.
It’s also impossible to hold 50,000 trials. Luckily, thousands were killed on October 7 by Israelis defending themselves and later by the IDF in battle, but more and more will just surrender. But what to do with the rest? Some 1,500 Hamas members have been arrested in Israel or the West Bank.
Also, many Hamas lovers walk around all around the globe. And Hezbollah are as bad. And the Iranian regime and military too.
If we were a dictatorship like China, we could put them in camps and commit genocide on them. Yet, that’s not a democratic or Jewish option.
Being mild and nice is the problem that got us into this mess. What to do?
We could bring them to the International Criminal Court, specify what each did, and say they are all Jewish. No doubt, this UN institution would give them each the death penalty. Yet, that’s no option either.
We can’t just send an army of psychologists and social workers to them to train them in rehabilitation. These guys are bent on murdering Jews.
The Sages say: If someone sets out to kill you, you kill him first [if there is no other safe way to stop him]. But there is a safe way to stop them. Keeping them in massive prisons. It’s safe, yet prohibitively expensive. But we can’t kill mass murderers because jailing them is too costly. This is not the USA. Or Napoleon who in 1799 slaughtered thousands of prisoners of war in the Holy Land by bayonet because by bullet was too expensive, and so was guarding and feeding them! That’s a war crime so not an option.
As I said from the top, I have no answer. Let’s work on it.
I do have two things that seem good. And the last one might help.
In the last couple of days, the murder of Arab Israelis by Muslims seems to have stopped—finally. And Arab Israelis, in record numbers, are fully disgusted by the Hamas pogrom. Maybe they can teach Hamas members from the West Bank, Gaza, and around the world that this can’t go on.