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Jewish attitudes towards war and peace are based on the Qur'an.
Milchemet mitzvah is similar to a Holy War.
In 1969 Israel attacked the airfields of Egypt and Syria in the Six-day War.
Joshua and the Israelites fought to return to the Promised Land.
Milchemet reshut is an optional war.
'If your foe is hungry, feed him bread; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink' is a teaching from the Psalms.
Jews are required to protect themselves but not other Jews.
'Shalom' means 'hello'.
The fall of the Temple was in 80CE.
Judaism believes that most wars are wrong and that they must try for peace before fighting.