accepted a peaceful settlement with the children of #srael e9cept the hiites who lied in :ibeon. All the rest, they con;uered in battle. This was inspired by :od, %ho stren$thened their hearts to en$a$e in battle a$ainst #srael so that they would be destroyed.2 <rom these statements, we can infer that a peaceful settlement was offered, but they did not accept it.
ןיגרו תו בעו
או ומילש ללכבש
ם יר ו
=esef ishna on Aboe RambamThe Raaad writes! This is a mistake, because een if they made peace, they would still need to accept upon themseles the mitos (3nei "oach), end ;uote. %hat he (the Raaad) means to say is that een if they make peace and accept upon themseles ta9es and seritude, we kill them. 3ut we can answer for our master (The Rambam) that included in >the concept of? 4makin$ peace4 is the acceptance of the seen >"oachide? laws. <or if they accepted these seen laws, they would no lon$er be included in the cate$ory of the 4seen >idolatrous? nations4 >which
are commanded to annihilate when they enter the land?, nor in the cate$ory of 4Amalek4@ they would be considered like >any other? fit "oachides1. Accordin$ to this Rambam and =esef ishna, is the command to wipe out Amalek a national war, ie, a war a$ainst a specific nation, or is it somethin$ else&/. 'ow can Amalek escape e9tinction&