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The history of Israel is, to a large extent, the history of a succession of wars. The Hebrew word for “war,” milhama (meel-kha-MA), makes an appearance in Genesis: “And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela--the same is Zoar; and they set the battle [milhama] in array against them in the...