I am reading the "The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl, he proposes the creation of a Jewish State through mostly financial means. I don't recall a war in recent (hundreds of years) where the Jewish people were the aggressors. Google points me to a couple of conflicts long ago which are arguably defensive rather than aggressive.
There are three existing questions that address participation in defensive, and/or integration as a soldier into wars of home countries. I don't find anything about aggressive acts being initiated with a Jewish religious rationale.
- What is the Jewish view on creating an army to defend ourselves against armies?
- Pirates and Torah
- Responding to an army draft before 20
Is there a religious reason that prevents Jews from aggressive acts of war?
To Clarify: Aggressive as opposed to defensive. Where defensive acts are as defined 1. "the act of defending someone or something from attack" 2. "something that is used to protect yourself, your country, etc."