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Do we say that Hamas's behaviour recently is as bad as Amalek, and therefore we have a mitzvah to completely eradicate them? If so, does that stretch to the whole of Gaza's population or even further?

I imagine that someone has written about this, possibly in the context of the Nazis. Has anyone seen anything?

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  • in war halacha the enemy have the same status as amalek. See ספר תורת המלך Oct 11, 2023 at 12:48
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    @KapinKrunch that's only in milchamot mitzva
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Oct 11, 2023 at 14:09
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    @MosesSupposes perhaps that would be a good separate question. I think if we had a king it would be
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Oct 11, 2023 at 15:45
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    @RabbiKaii do we need a king to declare a defensive war? Oct 11, 2023 at 16:04
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    @MosesSupposes basic reading of Rambam would seem to imply that, but I have not delved deep into it. If you ask as a separate question, that might inspire me to do so, or rouse someone who knows to answer :) Just like we learn the halachos of yom tov during a yom tov, we might consider it relevant to study the halachos of war during war?
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Oct 11, 2023 at 16:05

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