Israeli Chief Rabbi: Kill terrorists who attack you
Israel’s Chief Sephardic Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, told listeners during his weekly Torah class that it was a “mitzvah” to kill terrorists during attacks. The Chief Rabbi also said that in the heat of the moment, one should not worry about potential legal problems.
“If a terrorist comes after someone while brandishing a knife, it’s a mitzvah to kill him – [as the Talmudic maxim says] ‘when one comes to kill you, kill him first’. Don’t worry about being taken to court afterwards, or that IDF Chief of Staff will criticize it; don’t worry about that.”
Rabbi Yosef argued that killing terrorists not only neutralizes the immediate threat, it can help deter future attackers as well.
“As soon as a terrorist knows that if he
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