Israel vs Iran – A halachic perspective

The Torah teaches us that we have a right to defend ourselves and do everything in our power to save our lives.

By Darren Hollander | | Topics: Iran, Bible
Getting ready: Warplane during international training exercise at the Ovda Air Force Base, Southern Israel, October 24, 2021. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

As tensions continue to rise between Israel and Iran, many are questioning what the appropriate response should be from a Jewish Halachic viewpoint. Halacha, or Jewish law, provides guidelines for ethical and moral behavior, as well as directives on how to respond to threats and attacks.

In the case of Iran, a country with a history of threatening Israel’s existence and actively seeking to develop nuclear weapons, Halacha provides clear guidance on the importance of self-defense and the protection of innocent lives. The Torah commands us to defend ourselves against those who seek to harm us, and to use force when necessary to ensure our survival.

In the face of Iran’s aggression and threats, it is imperative that Israel respond with strength and determination. The Iranian regime has made it clear that they do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, and they have openly called for the destruction of the Jewish state. In the face of such blatant hostility, Israel must take all necessary measures to protect its citizens and ensure its security.

The concept of self-defense is deeply ingrained in Judaism. The Torah teaches us that we have a right to defend ourselves against our enemies, and that we must do everything in our power to protect our lives and the lives of others. In Deuteronomy 20:1-4, it states:

“When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”

This passage illustrates that we are permitted to defend ourselves against those who seek to harm us, even if they have greater numbers or strength.

Israel has a right to defend itself against any threats to its existence, and to take whatever action is necessary to ensure its survival. In the case of Iran, a country that has openly called for the destruction of Israel, a strong response is not only justified, but necessary.

In the case of the recent attack from Iran, Israel must respond with force in order to send a clear message that we will not tolerate aggression and violence against our people. The attack was a direct threat to our security and our way of life, and we cannot afford to sit idly by and allow our enemies to strike with impunity. If we do not respond forcefully, it will only embolden our enemies to launch further attacks and put more innocent lives at risk.

Israel must respond with force to any threats or attacks from Iran in order to protect its citizens and ensure its security. From a Jewish Halachic perspective, self-defense is not only justified, but mandated by the Torah. Israel has a right to defend itself against those who seek to harm it, and must take whatever action is necessary to ensure its survival. By responding with strength and determination, Israel can send a clear message to its enemies that it will not tolerate threats to its existence, and will do whatever is necessary to protect its citizens and secure its future.

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One response to “Israel vs Iran – A halachic perspective”

  1. Disciple 1978 says:

    The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. (2 Cor 10:4) Carnal weapons seem to be Israel’s first resort when danger threatens. The IAF or IDF being the goto answer. King David’s first resort was to inquired of the Lord. (1 Sam 23:5; 2 Sam 5:19 -23) There’s a disconnect between the temporal and the spiritual in Judaism, as well as in the Gentile world. However, in the messianic and Christian world spiritual warfare is common practice. The world has been using carnal, legal, media, diplomatic and propaganda weapons in their wars for years, yet the world is inextricably moving towards God’s prophetic ending. Israel is Messiah’s seat of government when he returns. Israel will be saved at his coming. (Zech 12:10) Israel’s policies should now be built on this truth. Israel’s temporal and spiritual life should reflect this.

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