Rabbi David Lau
Rabbi of MODIIN
The surrounding nations did not like the existence of the Jews who had a Jewish heritage.
Tried to be a guiding light, to the Gentiles. They did not like it in the past not in the present.
After the Independence War, when it was possible to deal with immigration, and help countrymen return to the forefather's land, the Fedayeen began causing problems. They infiltrated the country and harmed innocent women and children.
In this way, the Israeli Army went on retaliation missions, and tried to be intimidating.
In order, to show that they too had means of showing the might of the sword.
But as in the times when the second temple, was being built, the Jews were compelled to hold a sword in one hand, while building the temple in Jerusalem.
Israel was compelled, on the one hand to continue to absorb the waves of immigrants, and build the country, while on the other hand, join France and England in order to alleviate the pressure put on Israel.
To alleviate the problems with the Fedayeen, we joined the Sinai campaign, to show that even if we want peace, if we have no choice, we will show the might of the sword and succeed.