Many people ask how we feel about photos of dead Gazan civilians, especially children. I feel nothing.

A valid argument can be constructed that such deaths were unavoidable once Hamas embarked on its military opposition to Jewish state. Hamas caused them to be killed, and Jews acted like automatons: threatened, we reacted. In that sense, we had no free will in the question of whether to attack the Gazans: Hamas left us no options. No free will means no guilt.

But there’s a deeper moral dimension: human beings are entitled to hate those who hate them. When Palestinian children watch Mickey Mouse shows about killing Jews, when Gazan kids participate in Hamas demonstrations dressed as suicide bombers, when Arab teenagers do in fact become suicide bombers—I have no problem at all seeing them killed.

Palestinian Arabs challenge the God of Israel; by their very actions they assert that God’s promises to Jews are false. For this desecration, they deserve to be killed.

It doesn’t matter in the slightest that those who died haven’t killed any Jews yet, or perhaps will never kill any. They are members of an enemy nation. Like in Sodom, they had a choice, the option to leave the place of evil. Even inside Gaza Strip, there are plenty of empty spaces where the proverbial good Arabs could have escaped the anti-Israeli regime. They didn’t. Moreover, they have voted either for Hamas or Fatah terrorists, which are the same thing to us.

Children don’t bear their parents’ guilt only inside communities. On a national level, they still do. That’s why Amalek was exterminated for the sins of its remote ancestors. And don’t tell me that Amalek is no more: time and again, the Scripture speaks of it being killed, yet it emerges again. Amalek is alive, and can be easily identified by its determination to murder Jews. Children who live due to their parents who are Hamas voters are responsible for Hamas actions.

The killing in Gaza is sanctioned religiously. Nations in the Land of Israel have three choices: submission and unquestionable loyalty, exile, or death. The choice is valid only before battle: presumably, their post-battle choice would not be honest, but just a temporary ruse.

Hate is the only common ground between the Israeli right and left, between the Jews of Yitzhar and northern Tel Aviv. They differ on every issue but hate the Arabs similarly. Liberalism aside, no leftist Jew wants to be threatened by Arabs within Israel or in the near abroad. Goodness is passive, only hate is actionable and unites the masses. When crossing Jordan, Joshua bin Nun rallied the Hebrews around common hatred and struggle with the natives rather than Shabbat or kashrut.

It would be great to speak the words of Torah to leftist Jews, but that won’t work. At least, not the traditional words. The Torah fully recognizes human nature and sets nationalist, even exterminatory goals for Jews before they enter Canaan. The Hebrews might diverge on many matters but they equally wanted a country without hostile peoples. Not incidentally, the Hebrew word for neighbor is a cognate of evil: common hatred of outsiders builds nations. Then we can proceed to educating everyone about the Torah. In fact, they would ask for Torah in order to substantiate their nationalism and hatreds. No one wants to be just hateful, but seeks to rationalize and justify his hatred with suitable ideology or religion.