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Chastisement for disobedience?

Rabbi David Samson23 Cheshvan 5763
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Question
Is the present trouble with the Palestinians and with Israels neighbors in general in correlation with not following the Eternals instruction to Ancient Israel to totally wipe out it’s inhabitants and their Idolotry upon entering Eretz Israel.
Answer
The arabs of today although they might not be ideal neighbors are not considered idol worshipers. The precept to obliterate the nations inhabiting the land does not apply to the arabs. There is sufficiant reason to wage war against the arabs on their own merit.
Rabbi David Samson is one of the leading English-speaking Torah scholars in the Religious-Zionist movement in Israel. He has co-authored four books on the writings of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook and Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook. Rabbi Samson learned for twelve years under the tutelage of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook. He served as Rabbi of the Kehillat Dati Leumi Synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem, and teaches Jewish Studies at Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva Institutions.
Tzvi Fishman was a successful Hollywood screenwriter before making Aliyah to Israel in 1984. He has co-authored several Torah works with Rabbi David Samson and written several books on Jewish/Israel topics.
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