“When you go out to war against your enemies and G-d will give him into your hands.” (From this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetzei, Deuteronomy 21:10)
This verse is simple in its optimism. Israel goes out to war and G-d gives them victory. Simple as it may be, it is the Divine recipe for victory in war.
First of all, “When you go out to war”. War – not a “low intensity conflict” and not “containment.” The first condition is to define the situation as war and to invest the resources and fortitude necessary for war.
Secondly, “against your enemies.” In a war, there is an enemy. He must be clear and defined. But in order to define the enemy, one must first define himself. If you know who you are, you can know what threatens you, and find the strength and courage to define and defeat it.
When Israel will integrate its Jewish identity into its national life, it will easily define its enemies. And then, G-d promises, He will “give them into our hands.”