Monday, November 25, 2019

Are we in Israel aware that, in Islam, Jihad is a defensive war?

Started reading Raphael Israeli's new book Suicidal Democracy: Israel's Future in the Arab Environment  and I am already surprised by my ignorance.

'The classical Muslim war and peace strategy assumes that Jihad against infidels is certainly a defensive war, because even when pursued for the sake of expansion and military conquest in the Path of Allah, it requires launching a warning/ultimatum first to the target nation, asking it to surrender peacefully, failing which it bears the responsibility of its refusal to submit to the "Will of Allah", therefore its takeover by force can never be regarded by Islam as aggressive. The aggressors are those who foolishly refuse to surrender "peacefully" '.  (page 8)