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Israeli Chief Rabbi: Kill terrorists who attack you

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef calls killing terrorists “a mitzvah” that will save lives, deter other terrorists.

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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